A lot of bloggers have recently been talking about what they would do if they were financially independent. Related is the question of how to incorporate that into your life now given that you’re not yet financially independent.
As much as I would like to say that I’d stay at home and read novels and watch Netflix and make/eat yummy food… that would probably last a few months.
And then I would start getting into trouble.
Nurtureshock mentions that kids who get into trouble tend to be kids who are bored. They make their own entertainment.
I would too.
I bet I would become famous, really more infamous. That’s what happens when I have too much free time.
If I had waaay too much free time, that infamy would probably get bigger than a forum or a blog site or something plastered in the local papers.
No, it’s probably better that I have a job and keep that ambition and energy and talkativeness focused on something productive, something challenging, and something constraining.
Otherwise my family might get death threats.
And that would suck.
That’s the problem with infamy. I’d like to keep a low profile, but when I’m bored I apparently can’t shut up and I can’t countenance injustice. When I’m employed I don’t have enough time and energy to notice it all!
Better to be like my aunts with their high-powered careers. My mother, otoh, I think may not be completely fulfilled with her job and occasionally shows up in the Wall Street Journal or NYTimes for her activism rather than her research. I’d rather stick to my research showing up.
JaneB with a thoughtful discussion.
Not of General Interest discusses her Undine Chair of Spectacular Knowledge.
Its Probably PhD Me likes to read. So do we!
Academic Jungle and her long-term sabbatical followed by another chair of spectacular knowledge.
What would you really end up doing if you didn’t need to work anymore? If you had to cut ties with your current job and had the wherewithal to not find another? What would you do at first, and what would happen after that?