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September 3, 2012 4:42 PM Subscribe
I'm pretty sure it's not a mid-life crisis. Help me rationalize/forget about my burning desire to quit my job and change my life.
posted by anonymous to human relations (31 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
So far in life, I'm winning the rat-race. I'm in my mid-30's. I have a really excellent job with more than enough money and benefits and retirement and the whole nine. I'm good at what I do and I work in a fulfilling field. I'm confident I'll always be gainfully employed. I love my family very much and they love me. We are super close-nit.
I have a non-stop urge to turn my life (and that of my family) upside down by quitting my job and moving away... maybe buying an RV and packing my family in it for a simpler life. Maybe buy a log cabin and live off the grid. Maybe buy a shack on the beach and start a business giving tourists rides out to sea. Then when I convince myself that such things are too drastic, I contemplate other ways to change... start a doggy day care, landscaping or tutoring business. My thoughts go on and on and eventually I'm obsessing about how to inject the most change into my life.
The thing is - I don't hate my job. I don't hate where I live (I actually really like my home, my family, my surroundings). But I'm worried I'm spending my one and only life as just another cog in the wheel.
Is this normal? Has anyone ever given in to these urges and thrown away the security of jobs and stability for excitement and adventure? Does it get old? Did you want your old life back?