To take a sabbatical or not to take a sabbatical—that is the question.
Taking a sabbatical may seem like a scary idea, one full of emptiness and the unknown. It can feel like a precarious venture, as most sabbaticals are periods of time without much inflow of income, stability and the other niceties that come with a full-time job and the regular day-to-day.
Yet the idea of a sabbatical is also exciting. It sparks dreams of exploration, adventure, and leaving the old behind. There’s a sense of intrigue that simply won’t shake itself, despite your best efforts to remain grounded.
Having taken a sabbatical myself, I know how scary it can be. I also know from retrospect that I’d absolutely recommend it.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. – Henry David Thoreau