Today is my last day of work. I don’t have another job lined up for when we get back from Asia. I have worked a corporate job for the past eight years since I graduated from college. At 5pm today, I’m unemployed.
It’s both liberating and terrifying at the same time. When I graduated from college, while other friends were off “exploring”, doing odd jobs and trying out cities, I started work with a company that offered full benefits because I couldn’t afford not to. And every job after that, every career choice I made was influenced by my need for insurance.
When we return from this trip, I’ll have the rest of my life to be responsible, to work, to be obligated, to chase jobs with the best insurance, to weigh coverage and benefits as I develop my career. But for the next three months, I’m going to make it a priority to not worry about any of that. I’ve worried about that my entire adult life, and will worry about it for the rest of it. But between January 14th and April 12th, I’m taking a break from that worry.
We’ve planned for this. We’ve saved up and stockpiled my medications and signed up for COBRA coverage and planned out every last penny of a budget.
We’ve earned this trip. So on my last day at work, I feel at peace. Although its scary to leave what you’ve always known, there’s also nothing more exciting than the world of possibilities beyond that. Tonight, I’ll toast to a wonderful six years at an amazing company, and to the unknown that lies ahead.