Today I passed on the opportunity to be promoted to district manager at work. To be accurate, I passed on the invitation to go through the interview process. I didn't even apply for this position because I thought someone else was going to get it due to some shifting and realigning. But I learned I was their primary person of interest, and I know I would have gotten the job because I'm qualified and ready and can prove how I would be successful in it.
And you're probably wondering why on earth I would pass on this. Drum corps. Yep, it's true. Taking the position would require me to move several states away, and I wouldn't be able to march drum corps because I'd be too busy learning my new role and learning a new city/state.
So I gave up a career opportunity to be able to pursue another passion. I let it pass by so that I can create a better work/life balance here and now. This is very unlike me. I am always the one to grab every opportunity at work. I knew this position was open, and I honestly kind of thought I'd be asked to go for it. And as I was thinking about this last night, I almost cried alone to myself because I didn't want to give up my drum corps just yet to take that position...not when I've just found my music and marching passion again.
I feel ok about my decision, but am wondering if I'll regret it later. On the flip side, I know I'd have VERY bittersweet feelings if I had said yes.
What would you have done? What are your thoughts? Was this a smart decision or no?