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