We use the English language, the words and phrases so versatile that they can be used in many ways. The phrase exit strategy caught my eye recently after seeing it used in several different ways.
In the movies exit strategy is a way for a operative to end a mission or to get out of a difficult situation.
I’ve seen exit strategy used as a way to cash out of your investments and ‘exit’ the financial portfolio you are involved in.
Then there is the exit strategy for an owner of a company. In this case meaning a five year plan to exit your company by transferring shares, or ownership in some way and taking a look at what connection – if any – you want at that end time.
Then I heard someone use it in terms of her exit strategy to her marriage. I don’t know about those of you that are divorced or thinking about divorcing, but there was nothing so clinical or business like about that point in my time of life. As a phrase though, it caught my interest. I can see using it this way in one of my books. 🙂
I also heard an author use it on a blog – and of course I can’t find the reference – but she was working on her exit strategy for a series. I laughed because of course she was attempting to close off a series. I have a lot of series. I should be closing down a couple of them down to leave room for new ideas. I started pondering this phrase for my own purposes.
Until I heard it again. And this time it stopped me in my tracks.
This time it was used as a woman’s exit strategy to life. A concept that fascinated me. I do like the idea of people having control over the end of their lives, but hadn’t considered that for there was a strategy already in place. I know there are countries where assisted suicide is legal, and that means something has to be in place.
I’d just hadn’t put much thought into it! But it’s heck of a good idea!
What about you reader, considering there are as many times and ways to leave a situation, have you ever used an exit strategy in your life? How?