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25 September 2008 @ 09:33 am
Effect I Didn't Anticipate  
The fact that I don't really have to work anymore has made work a lot more enjoyable.

I think it's something about the fact that I'm now working on my own terms -- that and the fact that if it did start to suck for some reason, I always have the option of walking away.

It's probably also related to the fact there's nothing that will ruin something you enjoy doing more than having to do it, which is why hobbies often don't transition well into jobs.
 
 
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(Anonymous) on September 28th, 2008 10:53 am (UTC)
Not having to work
I've made a career out of turning hobbies into paying work. The fun does wear off, but in my experience it takes 3-5 years before this really kicks in, and 10 years before it gets bad enough that you really have to move on.

Getting too complacent can be dangerous; a lot of our daily energy springs from the need to eat and pay the mortgage. If I were you, I'd set aside a retirement nest egg and then live for the next 20 years as though it didn't exist!

-- Wil
Douglas Triggs: warning: existential threatdoubt72 on September 30th, 2008 08:45 am (UTC)
Re: Not having to work
Well, the main retirement egg is the house, I'm putting most of my money into that, and have a renter or two. Of course, they're friends, and I'm living there, too (or at least keeping my cat/stuff there), so it's not the money-maker it could theoretically be, but that should cover the taxes/insurance, etc.

I'm also budgeting pretty carefully with the whole Japan thing; the goal is to have a chunk stashed away that will still be there when I'm done and turn around and start working again.