Moving On (to God knows where)
Two days ago I resigned from my contract.
There are so many reasons I did that – personal and professional – but it finally boiled down to the fact that my heart wasn’t in it anymore and a realisation that , while I felt (and still feel) a sense of duty and responsibility to the company, I felt a higher duty to my family. I had been posted from my operational role to one in Plans and that didn’t really ‘float my boat’ so I did some major soul-searching while on leave. You have to be committed to what you do to justify the risk and the separation from the family. I just didn’t feel that commitment anymore. So, it looks like I won’t be making that ‘Year in Afghanistan’ after all.
I’m job-hunting now and I’ll stay on The Circuit. I’m sure, some time soon, I’ll be off to another place in another role. I’m still hoping to find that cushy fly in – fly out security consultancy role!
I plan to re-badge this blog to make it more about life on The Circuit more generally and keep you up to date on the various assignments that take me wherever they may so, for now, it might be slim pickings here but keep me bookmarked. Until then, it’s time to catch up on all the chores around the house that have needed a man’s touch for too long and time to reconnect with my family and with the ancient art of beer drinking.
If you’re a contractor somewhere out there, stay ready and be safe. To paraphrase Orwell and Churchill, if you’re at home and sleeping peacefully tonight, spare a thought for all those rough men out here who stand ready to do violence on your behalf.
Thanks for being part of the journey.