This resonates with me on so many levels. A year ago, I quit my job to write full-time. It was the most incredible and most terrifying thing I’ve ever done and I have only looked forward since that day. As Thea mentions, people do look at you differently when you do things such as quit a job to fulfill a dream or retire when you are still young (which is actually perfect because you get to enjoy your time). We live in a society where we are defined by what we do for a living, except… when it isn’t that standard 9 to 5 job. I get asked often what I do for a living and when I say that I am a full-time writer… I get that, ‘No, really. What do you do for a living — you have two heads,’ reaction.
Since making this decision, I have felt lighter and happier. I’ve said this many times, but life is just too short to not fight for your dreams. Thank you, Thea for this reminder and wonderful blog post.
Who says retiring is easy? You would think so when leaving a job in search of a new path and embarking on a life of leisure.
Retirement Bowling Party: Capes Required
I use the word leisure because I believe that when you are doing something you truly love surely the word “work”, as an adjective, doesn’t apply. I have more than a few desires, some require effort, that I am eager to try. But there I go, defending myself for retiring again!
What I didn’t realize until now was how much the job I did for a living was intertwined with my identity. I mean, I used to sit back and imagine what I would do if I didn’t work (mermaid tale, beach, vegan cooking classes, fancy hat club etc), but that daydreaming doesn’t usually include time for self-reflection, self-analysis, the discovery of who I really am, or how others…
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