For about a month now, I have been without full-time employment (read: without a 9 to 5). This was certainly not voluntary, although I wish I could say it was. No, this was the byproduct of traditional “corporate restructuring.” Needless to say, it was not part of my “5 year plan.” The first day I woke up and didn’t have an hour commute to an office, I was honestly excited! My first thoughts were “Finally, I can do what I want” and “I don’t have to put on pants today!” But then by the end of day two of being unemployed, I can to the stark realization of the fact that bills were on their way and the collectors were getting their pitchforks ready.
Fast forward almost a month and a half now and I’m still without a “traditional 9-to-5.” The bills are being taken care of and everybody is happy, but money is coming in. Albeit, only in a trickle for right now, but needless to say, it’s still coming in. (This is also in a big part thanks to my wife who still has her job, but that’s not the point of this article). The point of this article is one that I made to myself not through an epiphany, but rather by reflecting continuously, day by day, over the days and then weeks as that last day slipped into the horizon – I can literally do anything and, as long as I’m smart about it, I can actually live my life without the chains of a “job”!
After many, many hours of researching and figuring out which direction I wanted to take next, I came across a pattern of websites. One would say “50 ways to create income” and the next would be “10 ideas for living job-free”. What I got from those, outside of many great income-producing ideas was that we’re not supposed to be chained to a desk or glued to a career for the rest of our lives only to retire when we’re 60 and only get a certificate and (maybe) a watch to show for it.
Our lives are much too short to not be out actually living them. I understand that some are in a position where they can’t just walk out the door and be alright, but I also understand that the stigma that those around us have pressed upon us is full of falsities as well. What if we could work at the beach? What if we could make the same amount of money we’re making now, but while we’re on a cruise ship? What if we set up our lives to where we made money passively while we were traveling through Europe and visiting all the great landmarks that those before us have provided? That’s my 2 cents and some food for thought…