Wednesday, April 8, 2015

After The Plunge

Some of you may be curious.

Well, after I took the plunge into the unknown, the most unexpected thing happened.

I walked into the room, met the owner of the rat cage, explained that the past 2 years spinning the wheel was great (roll your eyes here) and said that I'd like to start exploring other opportunities in the market.

I expected a, "Well, it was great having you here. I wish you all the best.." response.

Instead, I was given 3 options:

1) A super promotion with a more active role in the cage. 
2) A full month break and the option to continue whenever I've recovered from this 'burnout'. 
3) Reduced work hours with full liberty to look for other opportunities + the support to transition to a new rat cage when I find one.

After about 35 seconds of processing those options in my head, I said, "I'll take the third option. In fact, I'll take a 3-day work week and the option to quit anytime"

Again, the third option rocks.

In other words, I'll have 2 days of completely free time to pursue whatever I want (including looking for a new gig) while my pay will be reduced accordingly.

In my journey, this means that I'll have a temporary sneak peak at what freedom feels like, and I will still get a paycheck (albeit a reduced one) while I figure things out.

Contrary to my initial plan, I will not have to dip into my emergency bucket. 

Not a bad deal.

But remember, this only happened because I took a leap of faith to change my course while being fully prepared for the worst.

Life's too short to be miserable.

I took the deal, walked out of the room and literally felt Incubus's Drive playing in my head....

Sometimes, I feel the fear of uncertainty stinging clear
And I can't help but ask myself how much I'll let the fear
Take the wheel and steer

It's driven me before
And it seems to have a vague, haunting mass appeal
But lately I am beginning to find
That I should be the one behind the wheel

Whatever tomorrow brings
I'll be there with open arms and open eyes

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  1. Seems like a really smart move for you. Does it pay benefits too because that's a big savings...

    I'm sure you'll use the free time to really benefit in other ways though!

    1. Better than I could ask for. Benefits? Hmmm I'll get back to u on that. Haha.

      Yes, it's a breather that will really help me to figure things out. More blog updates should be expected.

  2. Awesome! Here's to following our gut and being pleasantly surprised by the results!

    1. Cheers to that! Thanks for following and suppporting Simon..

  3. That's amazing. It's funny what companies will do when they no longer hold the paycheck leverage.

    1. Yes Adam, strange things happen when you have a freedom bucket and ure ready to lose everything. When a person has little to lose, he/she has everything to gain.

  4. Dude, that is awesome the way that worked out!

    Glad you were presented with the "third option".

    Happy exploring to you my friend.


    - GYFG

    1. Brilliant isn't it? Thanks for your advice and opinions over the past few weeks man.

      Now I'm in a position of strength.


  5. Awesome! Congratulations! Option Number 3 would have been my choice as well. You took the leap and look where it got you. Something I need to remember.

    1. Hi Courtney, thanks! Sometimes the leap is really important. I've finally been able to put down a heavy burden that I've been lugging for the past 2 years.

      This feeling is one of liberation - albeit a temporary one.

  6. I soon hope to be having that same conversation with my employer. At 34, I've been in IT for 17 years...half of my life. I'm through. Not to bring the place down, but my wife passed away last November from transplant rejection (she had Cystic Fibrosis, and received a double lung transplant in 2011), and it has completely reset my world.

    I worked for years in this rat cage to support and keep her as healthy as possible. Really though, it was misery walking into work every day. I'm still here, while I rethink my goals.

    Now that she's gone, I feel it's time to pursue what I really want to do in life, and that's guiding people into and through the outdoors, and writing. I've got a good head on my shoulders, in my opinion, so I'll stay in the cage until the timing is right for both my daughter and I. I'm not making any rash decisions or taking it lightly.

    I enjoyed this post thoroughly. Life is definitely too short to be miserable. I recently wrote about where I would like to be in five years and I would love for you to have a read!


    1. Mike, I'm completely lost for words.

      Thanks for sharing ur story with us and I'm truly in no position to comment on your situation - the best we can do is to share the pain with u.

      Mad respect to you as you are still fighting the good fight and still have the spirit to figure things out. I'm not sure if I'll be able to do the same if I was in your shoes.

      I think you'll achieve something really great, really soon. If you enjoy the great outdoors, go do it man. Really, sometimes I think life's too short to be on the safe side all the time.

      I'm not advocating a life of irresponsibility or YOLO all the time, but I really think that being miserable for many years in the rat cage to retire at a predetermined age is not an entirely robust strategy.

      A balance is needed, somewhere.

      Thanks again for putting things into perspective. And thanks for the reminder that life is indeed fragile.

      Keep writing,

  7. Good for you! I admire your courage. I really love that song, too. Too many times we are all guilty of letting the fear grab the wheel and steer. The first step would be to acknowledge the situation for what it is, and your blog is helping so many people realize it for ourselves. Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Thanks for your kind words Gira, life's too short to live in regret - always wondering "what if?"...