I'm Nicholas. A designer living in Omaha, NE.

What’s living if you never pull your shorts down and slide on the ice?

I actually said that to myself the last time I quit something. It made me feel better about my decision and made me feel better about where I knew I was going.

Quitting is usually considered as a very negative thing. I see it much differently, though. I mean, look at the blog title. I don’t quit things often, but when I do, it all works out. I of course think about it quite a bit, but in the end, I’ll pull the proverbial trigger. Or, the trigger on the gun which then reveals a sing from the barrel that doesn’t say “BANG” but “I QUIT”. Although, I’ve never said “I quit” to someone when actually quitting something. For the longest time, I didn’t want to view what I did as quitting. Then, I realized I had quit and I loved it.

I quit school and loved it. Although, there was definitely some rough moments. I quit my projectionist job at the cinema in order to fully pursue a design job. I loved that as well. Accepting that you’ve quit something that you know you do not need or deserve is a great feeling. It’s liberating and slightly intoxicating.

Do you see the light at the end of the tunnel immediately? Of course not. So, don’t quit something and yell at me when it doesn’t work out for you the next day. Just quitting isn’t enough. You have to quit and work at it. I’m a firm disbeliever in anything resembling fate. I believe what happens to me is all the result of past decisions I’ve made, whether large or extremely small. I determine my future by all my decisions now and even years ago. So, when it all works out in the end, it was me and those around me who got me there. Not anything else.

So, it can take awhile for the payoff, but it’ll come. ‘Having guts always works out for me’ is the other saying that came into my head other than the one about a bare ass on a large patch of ice. They both come from a different source, but take me to the same place.


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