Today marked the beginning of my new life. Today I handed in my resignation and am quitting my day job one month from now to focus fully on what I love doing, that is, blogging and social media. This was by no means an easy choice to make, but one I have been dreaming of ever since I began blogging. This also marks the beginning of so many more huge changes in my life. During April I will move back home to Stockholm. My home, but also the city I fled from when my drinking got out of control. As grateful as I am for the time in the cute university city of Lund and my day job in Malmö down here in the south of Sweden, I’m more than excited to make a comeback in my home town.
Quitting my job doesn’t come without mixed feelings though. This is the first real job I had had for five years or so (5 years spent in quite utter misery to be honest) and my job literally saved my life in more than one way. First of all I cannot even begin to describe the feeling of having a day job after all those wasted (pun intended) years. It gave me both financial security and self confidence and pride of once again being part of society. During my last relapse my job literally saved my life as I with the help of my boss (and my family) got into treatment and have been sober ever since. If that treatment wouldn’t have taken place I would without doubt be dead today. It is with huge amounts of gratitude I now say goodbye to my day job and my beloved colleagues without who I don’t know where I would be today.
However, leaving doesn’t mean forgetting. Quitting doesn’t mean broken friendships. When I look back on my incredible journey these people will have a place in my heart forever and I will keep in touch with them. Although we’ve always been more friends than colleagues (sorry boss), now we’ll only be friends and are able to enjoy the perks of enjoying each other’s company without having to think about work. Never look back is something you often get told, but I urge you to do the opposite. Look back as much and often as you can and reflect on all the good things you’ve been through, but also learn from the bad ones. With that said, don’t dwell in the past. The future is only as bright as you choose to make it.
As I take these first steps full of self confidence into my new life there’s only one word that comes to my mind: Gratefulness. I am so incredibly thankful and grateful for my life. My happy childhood, my quite extravagant teen years that spinned long into adulthood, my dark period, my second coming and now Thomas 3.0. I do admit I’m taking a leap into the unknown without having the same financial security as before, but I know I’ll be fine. More than fine. I’ll be alive in every sense of the word.
To wrap it up I must mention that one of the best indications to the journey I am about to embark on is this jacket. It’s a beautiful beige suede jacket from the prestigious and respected Swedish maker of leather jackets, Jofama, founded back in 1928. When I began using Instagram and no one understood why I was posting a bunch of selfies, Jofama was one of the companies I dreamed of being able to work with one day. Today I’m doing just that. Dream after dream comes true and life will keep spinning on. I’m a realistic person. I know there will be hardships, but for every dream achieved I’ll set new personal goals and the sky is not the limit. I’m going places. Lots of places. This time with the Jofama x King Magazine collaboration from their SS17 collection well worth checking out, just like me.