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And I quit because of doubt.
Now, I've mentioned before that self-doubt is a major part of OCD. I can doubt things that other people easily dismiss. For example, when I was obsessively worried about stealing, I would doubt whether I paid for an item at the store. When I was obsessively worried about driving, I would doubt whether I ran over a squirrel.
Doubt can eat you alive.
But here's the thing. OCD doubt is different than real doubt. If you learn to really examine your feelings and be introspective about it, you can learn to discover which doubts are legitimate. For example, sometimes you actually do forget to lock the house or you do leave the curling iron on and it isn't an OCD check, it's a real check. Learning this difference between feelings of OCD doubt and feelings of real doubt can help you fight the OCD kind.
The triumph to my quitting is that it wasn't OCD related. It was a doubt to the core, a feeling that what I was doing wasn't right for me and that I should take a different path.
Now, I'm working on starting up my own tutoring business. I'm thinking about finally publishing my memoir (Eugh! Please ignore how pretentious that sounds). I'm taking my career into my own hands and not letting OCD stop me. I'm still sorting through doubts, but I know I'm getting better at it.
I hope that others fighting can learn to do the same. Don't be deceived by doubt. Keep going and learning and sorting. You can do this!