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Its time I said Goodbye!

With today being my last day at work, I can no longer postpone the inevitable. It is time for me to say thank you and goodbye to some special people in my life. It’s bittersweet as I’m on the brink of an amazing adventure, but in order to go on it, I must say goodbye to you. I firmly believe that I am at this crossroads in my life by design, not by accident. When presented with obstacles in life, one has a choice. Either you wallow in self-pity, or you get up, dust yourself off, and get back on the horse again. 

I’m a little worried by the fact that I don’t know exactly what to expect when I start my new journey. At first I wasn’t sure if I was doing the right thing. It’s not as easy to say goodbye to everything and everyone you know and love as I’d thought it would be. But I knew in my heart that it was now or never. This new path has been a calling and a window of opportunity I could not afford to miss. But I am excited by the prospect of a new beginning and immersing myself in an entirely new environment. Looking at it objectively, I’ve made the right decision, even if it was a very difficult one. Thank you ShopADocket for every opportunity afforded to me during my time here. I leave here today with a great sense of sadness coupled with excitement. It’s a strange way to feel. Working here was such an amazing experience.

To Ben and Preeti; I sit here trying to compose this to thank you for the inspiration you have been to me during my time here. There aren’t enough words to describe my gratitude to both of you for everything you’ve done for me. Without having worked with and for you guys, I’d never have had the courage to take this chance to live out my dream. Thank you for helping to shape me into the person I am today. The knowledge and values you have equipped me with inspire me daily. They will contribute to my ability to succeed in my great odyssey. I’ve loved getting to know you both and understanding your customs and work traditions. Thank you for embracing me, a stranger, and accepting me from day one. You went above and beyond what is expected of you to make me feel welcome and at home. I hope I’ll get to see you both again. Until then, know that I will carry those memories in my heart forever. And that the lasting impact you’ve made on me has made me a better person.

Pervez, with today being my last day at work, I want to thank you for the understanding and compassion you’ve demonstrated towards me. Your support and advice were invaluable. I know I did not make it easy for you during my time here, but you stuck by me and supported me. You've been a wonderful mentor and I appreciate everything you've done for me.

But as all good things come to an end, so has my time here. A few important people without whom this journey wouldn’t be the same. Carlos, Uma and Harry, Eric, Tanya, Lloyd, Shaikh, Regin, Mark, Roy, Zac, Ester, Damien, Mahendra, Santo, Brendon, Mithun, Amit, Janet, Anthony, Johnathan, Patrick Collins, Roody & Jenny, Sagar, Renee, Yash, Mir, Sam, Stan, Dinesh and Shivu; [in no particular order] and everybody else whom I've missed and are 'fried' that I didn’t include their names here; getting to meet you along the way and learn so much from you was an added bonus. I’ve learned so many new and interesting things while I was here. I know I’ll never forget you for as long as I live. So, thank you.

I have been through a lot in the last couple of years including marrying the woman of my dreams and through it all stood by me four special people. Patrick Bosen, Joel D’Souza, Suneesh Paul and Kiran Kumar; you've been there like pillars for me during the hardest of times and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you've done for me. Wherever this new journey takes me I will make it a point to keep in touch with you for the rest of my life.

I undertook this massive decision to start an online business and follow my passion with a 100% dedication about a year back. If I look at it from the point of view of my future, it’s an easy decision to make. But when I look at it from the point of view of saying goodbye, it’s a little more complicated. You’ve all become like family to me during our time together, and that makes saying goodbye difficult to do. I’ve spent months trying to figure out if I could work on my online business and continue to work at this job at the same time. But unfortunately, it’s not possible. And so, the difficult decision had to be made.

I feel like I’ve reached a fork in the road. I had to choose which path to go down. And in making that choice, I have to face some saddening consequences such as saying goodbye.

The experiences I’ve had here have given me the courage to pursue my dream. They have also given me the tenacity to face any obstacles that stand between me and it. I am a stronger person than I ever imagined I could be. Thank you all, for the guiding role you’ve played as colleagues in bringing that strength to me.

You can contact me on 888-469-1820 or through here to keep in touch. I will leave you with this short poem that has helped me all along the way to keep me grounded and focused. Hope this helps you too. Again thank you all for making this a beautiful journey. Cheers!

“When right is wrong and left is left;

It's best that you walk straight ahead;

Past the past and into the present;

Surely there it will be pleasant;

Glance behind at moments gone,

But, do not linger for too long;

Look ahead but not too far;

Remember always where you are;

Hope and Dream and Do and See;

But do not wish elsewhere to be;

For life is now and you are free;

To choose your own reality!”

Ankith Heranjal