By Matt Levin
Just over 2 months ago I was living comfortably in San Francisco. For 3 years, since graduating from UC Davis, I’d been working at a veterinary diagnostic company. Moving up the ladder, I transitioned from telemarketing to customer service to outside sales, where I sold blood diagnostic instruments to veterinarians all over Northern California. I was exactly where I envisioned myself years prior. Yet, I wondered: What’s next?
I recall a quote from Harun Yahya, a Turkish author, that still resonates with me:
“I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth, then I ask myself the same question.”
I struggled to reconcile 2 perspectives: 1.) My career goals, 2.) My life goals. Ideally, they both should coincide; for me, they were growing further apart. I felt increasingly like my career was stagnating, which amplified my desire to reroute my life. I ended up reaching a very difficult point: I recognized a need for change and craved something new, but I’d lost the motivation to do anything about it. I felt stuck. I decided that journeying to Tel Aviv was exactly what I needed. From dealing with a new currency and language, I was going to have to rethink many of the basic underpinnings that I took for granted.
I came to Israel 2 ½ months ago through an umbrella program called MASA, which connects young adults with volunteer and internship opportunities in cities such as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Because of this summer’s conflicts, I considered delaying the start-date by 6 months to create a buffer for things to settle down. However, given the unpredictability of the conflict’s timeline and a serendipitous encounter with a family friend, all signs pointed to acting now. After all, there will never be a perfect time for anything. Opportune times, yes. Perfect times, no.
Now, here I am about halfway through my 5 month internship at MobileOCT. Above all adjectives, I would choose “thrilled” to describe my experience. Being part of a company with the resolute vision of changing the world is amazing. As all phases of our mission ramp up, I cannot help but be thankful for this opportunity. My goal in moving here was never to make my friends envious, but I must say that it feels incredible to be an inspiration to those that want to break free from their routines. It’s exciting how viewing things on a global scale can transform people on a personal scale.
With such dynamism and brisk-pacing, I’m constantly learning and developing at MobileOCT. Since the first day of being in Israel and especially the first day at work, I’ve felt like I pressed the “Reset” button and initiated a new stage in my life. Every day brings a new responsibility. Every day is an occasion to set a new pace and reimagine what you want the future to look like.
I understand that routines are necessary. I enjoy my daily cup(s) of coffee; I enjoy reading the news every morning; I value sleep. But, I firmly believe that if you identify a problem, you have 2 choices: 1.) Learn to accept it, or 2.) Fix it. MobileOCT identified a global issue and chose option 2.
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