my last day on the job

Flowers

A Gift of Flowers on the Last Day at Work

I gave my resignation notice a few weeks ago and last Friday was my last day at work. Since then I’ve been trying to process the feelings that I had that day and the many kindnesses that I experienced.

Quitting a job brings up a variety of feelings both positive and negative. I’ve quit other jobs, but the memory of how I felt then was pretty dim. It has been 13 years since I last quit a job.

I knew the day would be a bit long but also quite satisfying. I had coffee with one of my colleagues then I went to coffee with my usual coffee group. These same ladies took me out for lunch and brought me the flowers that are pictured at the top of the post.

While I am excited about moving on to new things, I am also very sad about leaving all the fine people with whom I had worked. It took the entire afternoon for me to walk around and say goodbye to everyone. Some of the people I knew really well, others were relatively new to me but I still felt a connection.

It was a strange mixture of excitement, relief, and sadness. I was excited about the possibilities of my new redesigned lifestyle, relieved that I was leaving a job that no longer suited me, and sad that I was leaving a great group of people. By the time I got home that evening, I was pretty worn out emotionally.

Question: If you have every quit a job, what emotions did it bring up for you?

Cheers, Catherine, Location:Edmonton, AB

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