Just As I Thought

Gainfully unemployed

I keep moving toward the goal, step by step, fear by fear. Today, I told my parents and submitted my resignation at work.
I’ve threatened to quit several times in the past, but that was usually accompanied by tantrums and screaming; I think the written resignation offering to continue to work freelance was a little more realistic… and kind of cements my decision, because I’ll look like a real idiot if I don’t go through with it now.
My mother was surprisingly okay with the idea; strange because she is the retentive, planning diva; my dad was wary of the whole thing, but I think he’ll grow to be more comfortable with it.
It’s astonishing to me how many people think it’s not a bad idea to quit my job, sell my home, and move across the country with nothing lined up there. In fact, it’s starting to look as if I’m the only one who is concerned that it might not work out the way I hope.
Maybe it’s time I think the same way they do.


  • So where are you going to live? In San Fran? If so, I’m jealous… it’s so beautiful there and the people really are nicer than here. (Why do I keep hearing the Pet Shop Boys’ version of Go West?)

    It certainly is ballsy, but hey you’ll be able to live off the house profit for a while.

    I’ve thought about doing exactly what you are: sell the condo, pack up and get away from this place. I’m just not that ballsy I guess.

  • If your were “running away” from something then I would think it’s a bad idea but from this point of view it doesn’t look that way. Is it the right thing to do? Who knows? We’ll find out in 4 or 5 years.

    I will say this, (and yes I know it’s a broad generalization) but out of all the people I have met in my life I have always been more comfortable around those that lived on the west coast as opposed to the east coast the south or northeast.

    I tend to favor the northern half of the west coast, everything north of San Francisco.What I find so appealing is the attitude of the people. The fresh air and the moderate climate.

    ”I’m going to take this opportunity to point out that despite all outward appearances, I am terrified at the prospect of starting a new life in California”

    Well yes I do understand that! We are raised to be good little sheep and follow our daily routine and accept the fact that life sucks, work is hard, and just shut up and do your 30 years and maybe if your good you can end up in a condo in Florida. I’m amazed at people that say “I always wanted to live there” because my first thought is if you always wanted to live there? Why don’t you pack up your shit and move?

    If this is what you want then I think it’s the very best thing you can do! And you grab your fear by the ankle and you drag it kicking and screaming behind you.

    If I can help in any way?

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