I got this email in my inbox today and wanted to share it as it seems to exemplify what I hear a lot of members talking about in terms of what brought them to our site. We’ve recently put together a resources page for the links we often find ourselves recommending – these will be updated over time – but if you can relate to the below, you might want to check these out.
I’m not really sure when my escape story started, or even if there is a real beginning to it all, but what I do know is that I looked in my cupboard a few weeks ago and it came to me like a bullet between the eyes – tupperware. I never use my tupperware. I can still remember when I bought my first set – how proud I was, how grown up it felt to own my very own set of translucent, microwave-proof plastic pots with air-tight lids, all pleasingly fitting one inside the other. But now, 8 years on, they sit in the back of my cupboard, empty and unfulfilled.
I could at this point draw an existential comparison between my life and the life of my obselete tupperware pots, remarking how I feel as empty and unfulfilled in the back of the metaphorical cupboard of life that is my career. But I shan’t. That’s not where I was going… although I will admit to there being a striking resemblance. No, what it was that came to me at that moment was the potential for these little plastic tubs to set me free.
You see, I don’t know where my escape is taking me. I don’t know what I’m going to do or how I’m going to get there, I just know I don’t want to be here anymore. That’s a very scary place to be. It’s easy to talk yourself out of it, it’s easy to lose focus, and it’s easy to just continue to live your life as before, just with a slightly different emphasis to your moaning. But if I make using my tupperware my focus – taking in my own lunch every day to save money – then I’ve got something to keep me going, I’m already taking steps and making a difference.
Since then, I’ve taken lunch in, using my tupperware pots, every day bar one Friday where I allowed myself a treat. I haven’t worked out the money this has saved me yet, but it’s got to be near £100. Just for using my tupperware. That’s £140 a month extra for the escape pot.
It’s not much, but it’s given me something small and easy to focus on that actively contributes to the escape plan, while the bigger stuff sorts itself out. That’s what it’s about I think – taking small steps towards a bigger change, and before you know it you’ll look back and be somewhere new, even if that’s just being in a better financial position to take some time out.
Small steps, big change. What will your small step be?