I just quit my job to pursue my dream of making things…and I now have 9 months of unplanned time to use. How the hell do I not waste it? (a part of me wants to go all indiana jones, but i'm not sure that's a viable option)
I'm fresh out of a mentally & physically draining job at an ad agency. I was successful at it but I just felt more and more that I wanted to make the stuff being sold, not make ads about it. Since I was a kid I've had a passion for figuring out how things work (electronics, physical themed spaces, anything technical really) and I've picked up a lot of general knowledge about this stuff. But I didn't end up on an engineering, technical theater or design track in my undergrad & I regret it.
A discussion at work lead me to want to reorient myself out of advertising & go back to make a career/life out of my passion for figuring out how things work & making stuff
. I went and looked at and then decided to apply for a grad program that seems to be the absolute perfect match for what I want to do both on a personal & processional level. I quit my job 2 days after submitting the application.
The problem: I've made the crazy jump but I'm afraid of not fully utilizing the time I have. This is a transition from intense 65 to 75 hour weeks to no structure/not knowing what to do.
My tendency is to get pulled into the internet without an outside force or reason to connect to the outside world. I feel like I don't know what to do with free time anymore.
However, this could be one of the last times where I am almost entirely autonomous: I'm only 25, no debt, no mortgage, a decent amount of money saved, no family to care for. I don't want to waste it.
I want to use this time regain my sanity & develop skills that will help me in school (assuming I get in).
I have a few existing goals:
- get over my fear of executing creative projects
- take classes in basic arduino/electronics stuff – i'm watching the machineproject here in LA for that stuff
- improve fitness by getting back to the gym (don't really know what I'm doing) & riding my bike
- reconnect with friends from before the job
- travel someplace i've never been – I have some built up miles
- possibly volunteer – but i'm not sure what for
Has anyone had experience making a jump like this or going from a very intense schedule to having a lot of freedom?
Anything you wish you did? Or wish you didn't?
I don't want my overbearing desire to plan everything eliminate the opportunity for serendipity (as I feel like that's what has lead me to this moment), but I don't want to waste the time either. Thanks for sharing your experiences!