• Things will not go as planned
• It will be utterly and completely worth it
• It will change your life in amazing ways
“One of life's frequently asked questions is "Should I stay or should I go?" Dr. Wisdom takes her personal experiences and reflections with those of more than a hundred others, and fits them into a historical, literary, and cultural context. We are now (as we have been before) in a time of great upheaval and uncertainty. Leaving Revolution's solid research and lived experience is garnished with humor, hope, and kindness. Any of the stories could be yours. You are not alone, and your path awaits.”
“In my mid-20s, I left a bad marriage and a career I hated to start a new life in a distant city. Dr. Wisdom clearly articulates what I couldn't express then: leaving "is about coming into our own power." Her book will help you make sense of why you leave — or stay — and what this means for your own life story.”
“Leaving Revolution has forever changed how I think about leaving. Dr. Wisdom deftly weaves theory, her personal experience, and more than 100 interviews to help us reconsider the role of letting go and moving on in our lives. Whether you're a leaver or a stayer, you must read this book."
"Leaving Revolution addresses the complex decisions we all make as we choose to move on. As a home-leaver, job-leaver, and relationship-stayer, I am proud I raised a daughter who wrote such a powerful book about leaving. Reading this book has helped me understand her, understand leaving, and understand myself."
"Thinking about leaving? Then you need to read this book. Part memoir, part how-to guide, Leaving Revolution perfectly captures the post-pandemic moment of resignations, breakups, divorces, and more to help us forever think differently about leaving and staying."
"Leaving can sometimes be the healthiest thing we can do," author Jennifer Wisdom offers us the tools for that journey, and the skills to dismantle or rebuild our life situations. This volume of advice is loving as well as practical, acknowledging without judgment the range of reasons why any individual must initiate change in order to move in a better direction."
I want readers to understand that leaving is an integral part of living. I’m a firm proponent of persisting through difficulty. That said, letting go of what is no longer working can be a significant strength and a big step toward fulfillment. Leaving can sometimes be the healthiest thing we can do.
I would like readers to be more courageous in choosing to leave. I provide a set of steps gleaned from interviews with more than 100 leavers and stayers to help think through whether leaving is the right choice, and if it is, how to make it happen.
I hope that this book can help those who have left better to integrate their experiences, deal with leaving-associated grief, and accept themselves and their decisions. Even when our new life is richer and more satisfying than what we left behind, it can take time to make sense of it all. Understanding leaving is normal and can be healthy. It can also help all of us feel more compassionate about our leaving experiences, and when others choose to leave.
Leaving is universal. Nearly all of us alive today are ancestors of people who made brave choices to leave their homes, families, and countries to seek better lives. From ancient people departing the birthplace of civilization in Africa to establish new communities in Europe and Asia, to 16th century explorers who sailed around the world in search of adventures and gold, most of us can trace our lineage back to people who left home to face the unknown. Every day, thousands of people make decisions to leave their job, their partner, their home, or other situations that are not working for them. Unfortunately, thousands more stay in miserable situations, and struggle with their inability to move on or take action to fulfill their destiny. It doesn’t have to be this way....
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