Tonight was the night. He had left in search of something new, and it was about time.
Thomas had graduated from the university just outside the town he grew up in. Like most, he’d spent his first years of freedom chasing pleasure and focused on staying rather unfocused on what brought him there to begin with - an education. Unfortunately, it was failing a few courses and breaking off a great relationship to reassess his collegiate journey. Thomas had always been a smart kid, he had just taken a prolonged vacation from acting like it.
After settling on a decently interesting career path, Thomas had landed himself a (potentially over-paying) gig back home. He enjoyed what he was going to be doing at his new job, but it only took a while to realize it wasn’t going to be everything he had hoped to be. The boss-man was uninterested in growth and scary-comfortable with the status quo. Thomas shrugged this off, not quite aware how infectious the mindset of another could be. After some time, it was just going through the motions for him - leaving his passion stagnant and unexciting, much like a well-built bonfire without the proper kindling.
Now, Tom’s story seems to be a bit of a drag, doesn’t it? Not quite the case, though. You’ve heard how life can be cut into thirds - 1/3 work, 1/3 sleep, and 1/3 free time. We’ve covered work, which is very much in need of attention and maintenance. His other two, however, were thriving. He’d improved his sleep, and his free time was filled fruitfully. Surrounded by friends, a great family, and a wonderful wife, Tom indeed had what he needed to offset the negative feelings his occupation brought about. For this, he felt fortunate and confident he was well enough equipped with the necessary artillery to spur a change. So confident, he could feel the imminence of change driving his actions.
The outlay of the world greets us all with a fork featuring infinite prongs of possibility. Just when one has been well researched, another presents itself in a shimmery and enticing light eager to lure us towards it. Is there one right decision? There most likely isn’t, which is probably why there is an ever-present display of life prongs. Tom held this fact close, and it soothed his worry. It can provide the same ease to you, too.
The sun was setting. He threw on his favorite sweatshirt and tightened his pack. He felt the wind push against his back, urging him to move forward. He let it, and inched forward.
The fork approached, he closed his eyes, and smiled.