• Sridhar Rajendran

Day 23 — Getting out of my comfort zone

Updated: Aug 23, 2018

Mentally preparing to leave my second home

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Bangalore is the second place where I have lived most after my hometown. It has become my second home. Ever since I moved here since the first day, I felt welcomed here. Maybe it is the nice weather that makes you ignore the horrible traffic or in general people are nice and friendly. I have a lot of good and bad memories, matured as a person, learnt to face challenges and also developed good friendships.

Even though I was having a tough time finding a UX job in Bangalore I was reluctant to apply for jobs in other cities. Doing so felt like erasing a part of my identity. I was already venturing out into a new domain, I wanted the comfort of home-base advantage. I need my friends to complain about my life. Making new friends is harder each day you age. Also statistically, Bangalore has the most number of UX jobs among other cities in India.

One day after reading another rejection mail, I decided to screw it and start applying for jobs in other cities. It was a tough decision for me but I knew I had to do it. I have been in a rut for too long. As Taylor said in Billions, “I need forward momentum above all things, even money”, I needed some momentum too.

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Moving to a new city, different language, getting along with new people will be tough, but it would be worse to die with the dream still in my heart. I had to do it. So I looked for companies in Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. I came across some of them working on interesting products and applied to it. While I did get some response and a couple of telephone interviews, nothing concrete panned out. Maybe the city just doesn’t want me to leave :)

At least I gave it my 100%. I overcame my fears and inhibition and stepped out of my comfort zone. Perhaps the whole shebang was for me to get used to the fact that nothing is permanent in life. When the clock ticks, it is time to pack the bags and leave. As they say, most of our deadly fears never happen in real life.