I’ve always said, “I work to live not live to work.” I think your action is brave and very admirable. Sounds like your doing it for good reasons too. It’s the little things that can cause the most discomfort.
Well, I’ve been in the technology field, programming Internet applications and the like for a long time now.
However, while I do enjoy the more strategic aspects of it, I hate having to go and implement bullshit little things like not just disabling a button, but then removing it when a user doesn’t currently have permission to use that feature.
Christ, I end up with a matrix of possibilities for each button based on a users permissions and the last action they did. What a waste of time.
It’s incredibly annoying to go to extreme levels of adjustment like that… and I waste my life dealing with incredibly minor and useless little technical logic details that neither I nor anybody else cares about.
I’ve decided, that long term, I’d like to get back to dealing with people. Even the most obtuse people are incredibly smart and deal with very high level concepts compared to programming details.
Considering that I spend so much time posting in the politics forums, I’m going to look into doing some writing. Maybe I’ll do some blogging, or perhaps some freelance article submissions. I’ll probably do some consulting to keep food on the table while I exlore these areas.
The big thing, that I’m going to like a lot, is that I’m going to remove the 9-5 considerations on my life. The alarm clock will be turned off permanently. That is a big one to me. I’m creative and productive when it strikes, not when the alarm clock decides the rest of the word is supposed to be working.
It’s going to sound stupid, but I will no longer have to go out and scrape the ice off the windshield in freezing weather every day. I hate that, half awake freezing my arse off day after day. What a crock.
Part of my decision has been inspired by hanging around this site. From time to time you hear articles or posts from people saying do something you love. When I go to work day after day and loathe what I am doing, I need to find something else.
Can I make a living spouting my opinion via writing? I don’t know. Am I going to try? Yes. Again, I will be doing some Internet projects as well that I can fall back on – in particular, there is a directory project I’m simmering on the back burner.[/quote]