I have 218 workdays left (not that I am counting or anything) which is 10 months and 9 calendar days for those people who insist on keeping track
But I did something today that really drove the point home to me that I am ready to go. About 3 years ago I went out on my own and opened my own practice. And it has been lucrative but up and down. A fair amount of my income is contracting back to other bigger offices and that has worked out fine. I am out of the office politics, etc and can work the hours when and where I want. The last project I did was very lucrative and to be honest relatively easy.
So about 3 weeks ago I contracted to assist an out of town firm to do the construction administration on a huge project they have locally. VERY good money, and I am thinking it would be similar to the last project. Yikes--not even close, a total cluster and I would be stepping into a landmine. It would be lots of anxiety and stress and so last night I went out and had a drink with my wife and we discussed it.
Long story short, I withdrew from the project. It is a lot of money to walk away from but at this stage in my life it really isn't worth it to be honest. With my other projects I will make maybe 1/3 to 1/2 of what this one job alone would pay me. But it is nice to internalize and recognize the thought process that I don't care about the money! I have more than enough to have a comfortable retirement -- why put up with all that bullshit and stress?
Just curious if others here had that 'ah-ha' moment when you finally realized what was important AND you recognized that money wasn't it?
Well needless to say I am way less stressed today. The last three weeks were not pleasant ones. And luckily I have plenty of other opportunities but now I know I will be choosier for my last 218 days (not that I am counting mind you!)