Now Or Never

Jobs, drugs and religion: why these people are calling it quits

When a situation is no longer serving you, there can be power in walking away and throwing in the towel.

There can be power in walking away and throwing in the towel

Sandy Doyle, five-year-old Ify Chiwetelu, and Courtney Wright all knew when it was time to call it quits. (Erin Brohman/Ify Chiwetelu/Courtney Wright)

Quitting can sometimes get a bad reputation.

But there is a power in walking away from a situation that is no longer serving you — whether it's a job, an addiction, or a relationship.

On this episode of Now or Never, meet people who've recently called it quits on something meaningful in their life  — and the aftermath of making such a big decision.

  • For 16 years, Leah Gorham worked as a nurse in New Brunswick. Then, after she was attacked by a patient, she just couldn't do it anymore. She joins us from her big rig truck to talk about the joys of being a new trucker, and the guilt of leaving nursing. 
  • Kaitlin (last name withheld) returns home for Mother's Day weekend and sits down with her mom Sharon, to talk about her struggle to quit meth over the past seven years — and the toll it's taken on both of them.
  • After 31 years in business, Sandy Doyle was more than ready to shut down her restaurant Blondie's Burgers in Winnipeg. But is she ready to quit her "Blondie" persona, too?
  • "I am a quitter and I am proud of it!" For Courtney Wright, the journey to no longer identifying as a Christian has been long and painful. But today, she's finding the gifts in leaving it behind. 
  • And kids share words of encouragement to other kids thinking of quitting an activity.


If you or someone you know is struggling with a substance addiction, here's a link to resources across the country.