I quit my job today. Mainly because it was shit. But also because the clock is ticking down on a habitable planet. I for one don’t want to devote what could be our final years to the drudgery of a job I don’t like. Even if they turn out not to be our final years devoting the majority of your waking hours to such a task doesn’t have much to recommend it anyway.
First off I want to acknowledge how privileged I am to be able to do this. Most people do far worse jobs, in far worse conditions, for far longer hours and with far lower pay and don’t have the opportunity to quit just because they don’t like it. Others are trapped in their jobs by their mortgages or circumstances. But I do have the opportunity so I am going to make the most of it.
It was apparent some time ago that we weren’t going to stop climate change and that civilisation ending collapse was inevitable. Now it is apparent that the descent into that collapse has begun. Some believe we only have a year or even less before the shit hits the fan others a bit longer. I’m in the within ten years camp myself but can easily see that it could well be much sooner. For a more detailed analysis of why I think that see here
One of the commitments I made myself when I came to this realisation was to make the most of the time we have left. To go on adventures, explore, try new things, meet new people and have new experiences. Working a 50 plus hour week just isn’t compatible with that. I was so knackered after getting home that I didn’t want to do anything. And weekends were frequently spent recovering from the drinking sessions that are too frequently an escape mechanism from the daily drudge.
So I quit. And I’m going to be a lot less working and a lot more enjoying life. So you’ll be hearing a lot more of me on here. And I’m off on an adventure starting on Sunday off to visit Kim Ngan’s family for lunar new year and then cycling back to Saigon to begin a leisurely job search in the New Year.