The purpose of early retirement is of course to have the option not to work. The key word in that sentence was ‘option‘. You can work if you happen to actually love what you are doing. While I know I’m still in the honeymoon phase of my new day job I recently had an odd experience just prior to my current vacation which makes me think I might even consider keeping working longer than I have to if I can do something similar.
So what happened? I left work and I wasn’t desperate to start my vacation. I was looking forward to going on my trip, but at the same time I wasn’t trying to escape work. I mean I left the work, because I had finished what I needed to get done, not because I was trying to get out of the door. That is literally the first time that has ever happened to me during one of my day jobs. Normally I’m crawling up the walls trying to start my vacation, but this time I didn’t have that feeling at all.
It was a different feeling for sure and I certainly hope it continues. While I come home a little tried from my job at times I actually like going to work again. Which is a huge leap forward from my old day job and I actually find myself in that odd spot of liking everything I currently do for work. It’s a little surreal to be this happy most the time…actually I have to check my arm periodically to ensure I’m not being injected with something to keep up this feeling.
Yet this experience to date is teaching me something. I have to stop settling for my day jobs. I’m far enough along in my plan I can handle a period of unemployment if it happens, but I should start being a little bit more picky on what I want to do and what it pays. Also I have to be more willing to move on if things go sour on a job. Often some items are short term and you deal with them, but if they change into longer term issues I should be more willing to move on. Life is just too short to be unhappy at my job when I have other options.
So that is my plan going forward…I’m going to be a bit more picky about my day jobs because frankly I can be at this point in my life. Damn, that is a good feeling to have.
Did you ever get picky about what work you did in your career? Or was that a luxury you never worried about having?