I am sitting on my sofa watching the very end of The Polar Express and the conductor (the voice of Tom Hanks) just said "One thing about trains: It doesn't matter where they're going. What matters is deciding to get on." I feel like that pretty much sums up my transition out of my professionally focused lifestyle and into a more family focused lifestyle. I decided to buy a ticket for this new train even though I already had a seat reserved on the professional train. I have transitioned to a less professionally intense job (hopefully) that has a much more limited potential for raises and promotions. In return I will hopefully receive a much better work-life balance and a more calm and consistent lifestyle. I don't exactly know where this new family centered lifestyle is going but at least I made the decision to get on the train.
It is equally important to know when to get off a train that is barreling towards certain disaster. I disembarked the public accounting train while it was still moving a few months ago. It was a bit of a hard landing financially but I am no worse for the wear. It is far better to be on a train meandering towards a question mark than one headed straight for a fiery inferno. You always have the choice of which train to ride. You just need to make a decision. Remember, the only thing worse than getting on the wrong train is leaving yourself stranded in the station.