Today’s xkcd comic seems relevant to this topic.
I don’t consider myself cut out for regular employment. This may come as a surprise to some people (it will not come as a surprise to anyone who has listened to me complain about it for longer than five minutes). I have, by all accounts, a great job right now—easy, emotionally satisfying, with plenty of free time, and I’m still able to scrape by (barely). Sometimes I can even save. And in a meeting today, I was almost ready to quit.
Now, to be fair, I’m ready to quit almost any job (or other activity) during a meeting (except if I am leading. I love to lead meetings). But even if it hadn’t been today, there have been other signs, rumblings of discontent that are familiar but unexpected. I was never expecting to be dissatisfied with this job (to be fair, I also wasn’t expecting to be in it so long). So I’ve begun to wonder if there is any job out there that would suit me longer than a year/year and a half. I’m not sure that there is.
My mother would say no. She’s been mentioning self-employment for some time (years?) and she may still turn out right. But people who run their own businesses seem to work even more than the rest of us, and I don’t find that appealing. What I want to do is stay home most days, write random things and bad poetry, volunteer with some good organizations, and receive a comfortable paycheck. And have insurance. That is not a common vocation. But it is all I feel regularly cut out for.
In a lot of ways, not being cut out for work makes full time work more appealing. I don’t want to work forever, so I need a higher paycheck so I can save more and get out of this game sooner. Disliking work makes it easier (in some ways) to save. The more I can sock away, the sooner I can be done with this crap. And the lower I can keep my expenses (hello dumb phone, goodbye happy hour), the less I need to live on. Low expenses are letting me work only part time now. I’d like to get that down to 0 time at some point in the far (not so far please!) future.
This also seems relevant: “The key to eternal happiness is low overhead and no debt.” Lynda Barry