I’ve noticed something odd in the last year. Since we have paid off the mortgage on our house and we have a sizable nest egg started I occasional have the urge to say “screw it all” and quit right away. Why? Because I’m slowly closing in on the amount saved that I could reasonably downshift my job and work half the time at significantly less pay and still cover all of our expenses.
The obvious downside to doing something that drastic would be locking myself into needing to work part time for the next 30 years at a higher rate than I ever planned. Yet is a bit more freedom now worth less freedom in the longer time frame? I really don’t know the answer to that some days.
I suspect this entire mindset is merely a result of having enough saved that I could actually even entertain these thoughts. I can actually ;ook a scenario in my head and not feel guilty because it isn’t that far off the realm of possibility. In effect, I’m daydreaming thoughts like this merely because I can. Unlike the average person my age, I really don’t fear a layoff so what’s the big difference to intentionally downshifting your job?
The other reason to these thoughts is my job has recently been more stressful which makes me a bit unhappy. I know it is the result of temporary issues of a lot of expectations for getting work done, but not enough staff to really do it all. The good news is more staff have been approved, so its just sorting out the workloads for next year and hiring someone. So my daydreaming is also likely the result of my mind looking for a stress relief. After all, not working half the time right now seems really appealing when you have had a bad day at work.
In the end, usually a good night sleep helps clear my thoughts and gives me a bit more perspective. I don’t need to do anything drastic and waiting a bit more to see if my day to day workload improves won’t cost me much. It’s a few months at worst until things get better. So I play with my daydream and usually put it back in the box. It’s comforting just to know the option exists…even if I decide to never use it.
So how often do you daydream about saying screw it all and quitting? Did you find the frequency goes up when your stressed?