Perspective on work post-FIRE
After an 8 month break from work, today I started my 1 year contract gig. When I quit my last "career" job I was thrilled to escape the cube, boredom, tons of business travel, an incredibly hierarchical and hidebound culture, and rules that made no sense. It is likely I was burned out. I was planning on taking a year off and then seeing what I felt like doing, whether paid or not. Then a buddy I spent 5 years working with called with a lead on a contract gig working with him. As it turned out, I landed the contract for a year and this week I started actually doing something billable. The work isn't the most fascinating thing I have ever done, but it is well within my capabilities Better yet, minimal travel, what rules there seem to be that apply to me I don't care about, and instead of a cube I spent the day in the hammock on the patio in absolutely gorgeous weather.
I find myself a bit bemused. In my old job I would have slit my wrist at the prospect of doing this work in that environment for a year. In this case, I don't mind doing the rather dull work and the prospect of a year is no biggie. Did I hate the work? Did I hate the stifling environment? Did I hate the lack of control over my own life? Was I simply burnt out? I dunno, but I think it is worth thinking about in terms of what I feel like doing for the next decade. After that, the kids will be off to college and I will be more free.
"Neither my companion or I carry firearms on our persons. We depend on the goodwill of our fellow man and the forbearance of reptiles."
- English Bob