Today was the last day at my job that I’ve held for 8 years. The decision to quit wasn’t easy– it’s was a great job, working with great people, on problems that make a difference in people’s lives. However, weighing what I am giving up against the opportunity of exploring the country together as a family has made the decision a whole lot easier.
As I reflect on my decision, I have a stream of thoughts, in no particular order:
- I’m going to miss the camaraderie of working on such a great team
- It’s going to be harder to find a sense of purpose in my post-job life (progress at work is an easy way to feel accomplished)
- I’m really looking forward to spending more time with friends and family
- I’m looking forward to valuing my free time less– not feeling like it’s such a precious resource that I need to cram as much as I can into every waking moment
- On the flip-side, I’m worried that I could easily fall into time-wasting habits (TV series, binge blog reading, etc.)
- I’m not sure yet how to balance the need to be productive against the need to relax and enjoy the moment
- Not having a “guaranteed” paycheck coming in is still a bit scary for me
- Time to buy some health insurance *gulp*
- I can’t wait to kick off our big travel adventure
I’ll be writing more about the Financial Independence aspect of our adventures of at https://www.engineeredself.com, while this blog I intend to keep more focused on family & RV travel.
See you on the road!