Have you ever been working, and suddenly wished you could quit? The idea dawns on you as simple. All you would have to do is shut your computer. Say, “I quit.” Stand up. Walk out of the office.
I felt like that. So the next day, I nearly surprised myself just as much as my boss when I handed in my notice.
The afterwards was funny. People keep asking me what my plan is, and I answer so vaguely that they think I’m being cagey.
“What do you plan on doing next?”
“I don’t plan on doing anything next, really.”
“Oh you don’t have to tell me if you don’t want to.”
At least, I don’t know what I want to do work-wise. I have some vague plans to travel around Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and other countries around there. I think I’ll move my stuff back to Santa Barbara, because I can’t live in The Netherlands without a job.
I kept meaning to write about it, but I didn’t get around to it. Usually when people quit there’s a plan. I felt like I should have hyped it up. Added a countdown. I don’t need to work another day in my life, and I’m only 29. I’ve saved enough that I’m financially independent. Shouldn’t there at least be a cake?
But I didn’t make a plan, at least, not concretely. I suppose one could argue that I’ve been planning this ever since I found out about the financial independence, retire early movement and started saving 75% of my paycheck. The truth is, I just thought to myself, “I don’t want to work anymore.” A thought that has crossed the minds of probably every human in history at some point or another. Some folks have the ability to listen to that thought and take a break. Some are so dependent on work that honoring a thought like that is laughable. I thought, “I don’t want to work anymore,” and then I quit.
I’ll write about what comes next. I’ll write about the details when I get to them. Right now I have no answers aside from the concrete: I can stay in The Netherlands for 90 days. I want to travel. I want to write for this blog. I want to finish my painting. I want to write a book.
But I don’t want to work anymore.