Who said you have to work ’til you drop? We were taught this as if it were a fact of life.
And most of us accepted it.
But over the years I began to challenge the idea, and this is what happened:
Disclosure: Based on personal opinion, not to be taken as advice. Seek a professional if required.
Working Until You Drop…
I started to challenge this idea in my mid twenties. Not because I’m some genius, or forward thinker. Nope. Simply because I hated going to work.
Work was always a misery for me -I was different -I didn’t fit in.
When your life’s made hell by your job, you have to think outside-the-box.
It’s not like we take a job for amusement, no – we have bills to pay and a life to forge.
I found that once I gave up on traditional ideas of success, I could put my energies towards ideas of freedom.
Don’t Want To Spend My Life Working
Most of us don’t want to spend our lives working. But is that because most of us aren’t doing what we love, and/or can’t achieve the work-life balance we’d like?
Working wasn’t the problem for me. The problem was (1) the people in the company, and (2) the company.
I couldn’t afford to ‘work ’til I dropped’ because it was too harmful. But this idea, that I wouldn’t mind working if I could be free of 1 & 2, made sense to me.
Understanding that was key to being able to quit my job.
I won’t challenge mainstream conventions in this blog. But I don’t need to.
There’s no need to make the problem center stage, when we can make ourselves center stage: That is to say, every person has the freedom to pursue a life away from the workplace.
I can’t offer a solution for the modern world here, but I can offer a solution for being stuck, and suffering, from within it.
I Hate Going To Work
Nobody can change your life for you, but I do believe it’s possible to change your life.
If you’re reading this, as a part of your own research into escaping the rat race, then it’s obviously a priority for you.
The best I can do is explain how we (my wife and I) escaped the rat race:
Funny thing is, this story would be much more palatable to the mainstream without the ‘escape the rat race’ language.
But I wouldn’t write it then. My motivation is to help others stuck in their own private hell, as I once was.
Anyway, for those looking for a few tips, here’s what we did:
- Saved an extensive backup-fund (About 5/6 years of extreme saving).
- My wife quit her job and focused on starting a business.
- A couple of years after starting the business, I was able to go part-time at work.
- A year later, at 36 years old, I quit my job.
- We now run a small crafts business from home.
That’s the short version. There are a number of posts related to the general idea on this website, including:
A) How To Escape The Rat Race
B) Living A Simple Life – Leaving The Rat Race Behind
There are many variables to our story, which may differ from your own.
For example, we don’t have kids, we purchased a house (rather than renting), we run a car, and so on.
Nobody can set your limit. That’s between you and life.
All I can do is offer pointers, and the subtle suggestion that you can change your tomorrow.
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