I quit my job and learn German :)

My classroom at the Goethe Institute in Munich, Germany. Image©gunjanvirk

My classroom at the Goethe Institute in Munich, Germany. Image©gunjanvirk

In February 2011 I quit my very successful job as Creative Head of a design firm. It was a huge decision for me as I had unknowingly become part of a corporate rat-race and got invariably attached to position, a nice salary and 5-star travel to Europe. But the more I worked, the more meaningless life seemed. I could be in Paris and not have the time to go to the Champs Élysées or I could be in Frankfurt and hang out just at the Frankfurt-Flughafen to change planes or be in Barcelona and not visit the beach. The irony of the situation was such that most of my salary was going into maintaining a high-profile wardrobe I thought I needed for my high-profile job and I was not happy. It was at this time that I also fell in love with German language since my work required me to travel a lot to Germany. So after pondering over the decision for almost an year, I quit. When one is in a high pressure job for so long, It takes a little getting used to not having any work to do. The nerves needed to be calmed down and gradually at the end of two months after having followed a balanced routine of rest, exercise and meditation and surrounding myself with good friends, I felt completely transformed. All the joy in my life started to come back and I decided to follow my heart and apply for the German language course at the Goethe Institute in Munich, Germany-a long cherished desire that I now had the opportunity to fulfill. I subsequently attended four intensive German courses at the Goethe Institute in Munich: B1.1 in June 2011, B1.2 in November 2011, B2.2 in May 2012 and B2.3 in November 2012. This was indeed a very enriching period of my life to be able to live in Germany, become a part of the German culture and meet so many new people from so many different nationalities at the Goethe Institute. Through my own unique experience I have learnt that if one is open-minded and receptive, living in a different country expands the consciousness, breaks age-old prejudices and removes mental biases so that one can go beyond language and cultures and realize that we are all one people!