Still On The Fence About Quitting Your 9-5 To Be The Person You Know Inside You Need To Be? Then Read On…

fenceHey everyone, I hope you’re all well and enjoying your Saturday of what should be for a lot of you, a long weekend? :)

I didn’t intend to write a post today but I was inspired to do so because of a comic strip.

Now, this is not any old comic strip like Blondie or Hi and Lois (am I dating myself here)! This is a very cool comic strip that not only features great cartooning – in my humble opinion – but also, and more importantly, an inspiring message that will no doubt resonate strongly with you all.

I am referring to Gavin Aung Than, a freelance cartoonist who, finally after 8 years, “…quit his unfulfilling job at the end of 2011 to focus on his true passion, drawing cartoons. Gavin launched Zen Pencils at the start of 2012, a cartoon blog which adapts inspirational quotes into comic stories, and hasn’t looked back since.”

Gavin has some truly wonderful and inspiring cartoon strips on his site, but THE one that caught my attention above all the rest – which was very hard to do btw – is his tribute to the artist and creator of Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson. I won’t go into details, preferring that you click here to visit the page personally – you’ll thank me later :)

Before you visit the page however, please have two things at your ready: a box of tissues when the crying or sniffling starts – and it will start (or was that just me?) – and plenty of time to take in not only the post itself, but also the amazing comments that follow the article, like this one:

This speaks so deeply to me and not just because Calvin and Hobbes are almost canonical to me but, this is the path that I have trod and, recently, life has rescued me from the drudgery and pain of corporate mediocrity. Every panel built the emotion in me as it resonated with my soul’s experience. Thank you for lifting my spirit today. -  George Loch

Or this one:

Gavin, I don’t know you, but I feel like I owe you one. As a guy who left a high-paying job in corporate finance eight years ago so I could stay home with my daughter and write books, I’ve wrestled with so much self-doubt…and this is the perfect reminder of what’s really important and why. Thanks. I’d write more, but it’s off to watch Bugs Bunny. – GratefulEd

Or this one:

Your comic does strike home; as a freelance artist who must fend for himself, it’s all too easy to doubt the value of your work or to think that everyone with a studio/company job are the ‘real winners’. Keeping your sight on what’s really important to you gets harder as you grow (and have bills to pay), but it’s still more important than most anything I can think of. Great comic, great message, great job! – DadaHyena

Or this one:

As someone who is a small business owner and a stay at home mom, this struck so deep for me. Its all about FIGHTING for what you want in this life. It is yours, live it for you. – Ellie (I love this comment!! – Lyle)

I could go on and on but you’ll see way more when you get there!

Now, I’m not sure if Gavin’s post would make you call your boss on Tuesday to say “Thanks for nothing. Have a god life!!” But hopefully his words – along with Bill’s quotes – and those of his readers, will set off a tiny spark that sets you on a path of action. One that allows you to think that YES it is possible – with some hurdles no doubt – to be the person you know you eventually want – and need – to be. Whether that moment will be tomorrow, next week or two years from now, the fact that you have begun to take back your life is what counts. The timeline will be what it will be.

So…what is your inspiration for a greater life?

What did you think of Gavin’s post and/or his site?

I’d love to see your thoughts on this topic, so please start a discussion by leaving a comment below.

Take care and all the best.

Special shout out to Living Rich Cheaply for pointing out Gavin’s work in his Long Weekend Update post!


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