I'm thinking of quitting my $100k/year job and trying something new. Taking suggestions.
Move to LA and try be a star? Move to the coast to work on a fishing boat? Move to the south and become a writer? Move to Europe and backpack for a few years? Hitchhike and hop trains in the US for a few years?
I have several thousand dollars saved up, a car and a condo I could sell for about $200k.
I have lots of money right now. It so far hasn't done anything to increase my happiness or satisfaction. That's why I'm reasoning that even if I try something retarded, like a fresh slate, and fail, I'll be in the same place I am now, except knowing I pursued something worthwhile.
It's not that bad. My last two vacations, I lived the life of a vagabond, traveling on foot, by bus, or by hitchhiking. I had lots of supplies (too many, actually) and explored small portions of the Pacific NW.
What I'm talking about doing is how I decided to spend my last two vacations. It beats the hell out of shift work and day-to-day alcoholism.
High school, some university, white, 6', 220lbs, typical shlubby male.
I've thought about farming, but land where I'm from is way too expensive to be practical. I've been learning about self-sufficiency the last three years and am not opposed to wandering around the wilderness for weeks at a time.
What are the benefits? I'm very uncooperative with authority figures, though I usually recognize where they're coming from. What do you like about it, and why do you hate it most days? I hate my life most days, so why should I join the military?
>>719951342 Ah, well I can't speak to anything about the Canadian military, I'm in the US Navy myself. Benefits are you'll see the world and experience things you've never experienced shlubbing around your home town. If you're smart enough to make 100k doing whatever you're doing now, then you could go far in a military career. The only thing I dislike is some of the people who sit around doing nothing all day then bitch about actually having to do work at some point. Like that's what you're bring paid for, suck it up, faggot. But if I can swallow my pride as a racist minarchist and join an arm of the government, you probably can too.
Things in Canada might be a bit different. Our dollar is worth less than yours. I work a unionized job in transportation, but deal with the same thing you're talking about: lazy, entitled co-workers who bitch about having to do real work.
>>719949516 I would advise you have something to keep you busy at first. If you quit your job with no other intention than to "learn an instrument/be a star/become a writer" you will probably just end up drinking all day whilst vaguely persuing those goals. Boredom is a large part of why people (I) drink.
>>719948212 How about becoming a chef in a small restaurant? Are you a foodie? I know one guy in his 60ties who didn't wanted to retire and had some 100k in his pocket. Now the restaurant pulls 500k a year.
Exactly! That's why I didn't quit two years ago. I made a deal with myself that I would quit drinking for one year before I quit my job because I would just drink my savings away and be way worse off than I am now...but I haven't been able to shake it, so I think I'll just thrust myself into a situation where there is no casual, bored situation that allows me to drink.
>>719953459 I'm essentially a luddite. Don't ask me about computers or other technology.
>>719953479 I saw a lot of that in Portland. It didn't seem to bad, except the part where twenty year olds are sleeping on literal concrete beside skyscrapers.
Very bad at cooking. As an alcoholic, I eat mostly fast food or microwave-cooked food.
Like, what if I just sold every, kept all assets liquid, and traveled around the continent for as many years as I could afford, keeping a journal, taking pictures, and keeping in touch with my family through letters?
I think I could go 10-15 years in that fashion, then settle down.
>>719950931 Came from the UK (England) to Thailand. Couldn't get any work in the UK and had been involved in a lengthy legal battle over my 4th child which screwed me up. Decided enough was enough and decided to come for a year, and now in my 13th year here. Would never leave unless forced to.
I knew someone slightly in the UK who moved here so that gave me a slight start but he turned out to be a dick. I have always been good at English, used to be an IT project manager in the UK so was pretty good at report writing etc, and had taught as a visiting lecturer at my local Uni for some years too. I decided to try teaching English and found I had discovered my forte. It was pretty easy to get a job here at the time, but not so easy now, unfortunately for you. Worth a try though.
Fucked many many women here for the first 2 years, had a great time and then met my wife. We've been together since 2007, and I have made a lot of money by working all God's hours (which I enjoy) and am happier now than I ever would be back 'home'. I go back every year with my wife to visit my other 3 kids (all adults now) and my aged mother of 99, but I could never live there again, ever.
I'd say have a broad plan for somewhere, and go for it. I'm the Anon who said to rent out your condo and not sell it. That way you always have a base if things go to rat-shit. If you want to know more, AMA.
Though I fantasize about this a lot, I have only a very rough idea. I would intend to keep my condo and rent it out. Store my personal belongings (which aren't many) in my dad's basement, and pack a single bag and hit the road. I work on the railway and have hopped in the past. I'd hitch and hop across Canada and the US for a year or so, return to Canada and fly to Europe.
To my advantage is that I have no wife or children and no debt or legal obligations (other than the mortgage). Once in Europe, I would continue backpacking for six-twelve months, then stay in a city with a reasonably high English-speaking population (am not opposed to the UK or Ireland). Work as a bartender/server/whatever while I get a feel for the native language. Then slowly immerse myself and see what's out there.
I understand that leaves little prospect for long-term stability, but I have long-term stability right now and do not like it.
At that stage, 2-3 years on the road, what do I do? And when you went to Thailand, you had some legitimate qualifications. I don't. What do I do at that point?
>>719952305 >But that's fine, at least I would still own it. Britfag in Thailand again. Yes, that's exactly the point. If you rent the place, just keep any surplus money in Canada, then you not only have a base, you still have a bank account, a Canadian address etc etc. Just get your tenant to forward you any relevant mail, or scan and email it to you. My UK pal does that for me. Then you keep your resident status and your access to free medicine and other benefits etc. DO NOT tell the authorities you have left the country.
>>719948212 My suggestion for you is to immediately sell the condo, invest the $200,000 in headshots. Fill the car (may need to rent a trailer depending on size of car) and drive to Los Angeles to begin your rapid ascent to stardom. The "several thousand dollars" you have saved will easily shelter, clothe and feed you the 5 or 6 days this process will take. Additional advice: burn your bridges before you go. No looking back, star.
Britfag again. I like Canadian. Here in Thailand I have met many nationalities and Canadians are some of the better people I have met. You say you're an alkie. Makes me think - I have a Canadian acquaintance who is a pretty serious one. He drinks about 15 to 18 630 ml (22 fl oz) bottles of beer a day starting when he wakes up. He's been in hospital twice now, once for about 4 weeks and this time in intensive case for about 3 weeks and then 3 weeks ago in the word. He's fucked and has no recourse to Canadian free medical treatment so he and his wife are in serious debt now. If you are basically running away from your life (you may not be) then be aware that it is very easy to drink more if you are alone and in a strange place. That's what did for him because he refused to integrate, learn Thai or anything so he never socialised. You need to be sure you keep you entitlement to free medicine and also I suspect you'd be better off in an Englsh speaking country.
Right. I would probably just forward my mail to my sister's place (she lives in the same neighbourhood), but would not disclose where I'm actually living.
Now, as for a min wage job overseas, how much under the table work is there? Could I realistically walk up to a place after taking a basic bartending course, and say I'm not a citizen, can I work here?
I'm not chronic yet. I drink 6-8 ounces of whisky a day. I've held that level for about two years, but have had two short bouts of sobriety in between. My strategy atm is to be away from cities for a few months so that I can break out of the routine of daily drinking.
I tried it in 2015 and went two solid weeks without alcohol while backpacking, but before the trip was over I declared that I didn't want to quit drinking yet, because my mind wasn't occupied with anything.
That's why I'm proposing the ultra risk of burning bridges/terminating regular income, so that I don't have the choice to back out.
>>719950287 just try to meet people and build a community, maybe out on a ranch in california. ten send those people you trust and love into a nearby city and convince them to kill celebrities and write dumb sit on the walls in their blood. try music too.
>>719958298 or you could start a cult buy some robes do some sacrifices dedicate it to trump or some shit make national news when you tell your cult followers to start killing celebrities live on a ranch maybe, play some music. write a song maybe like the beatles helter skelter could be fun you know.
I don't have any religious beliefs, nor do I think it's right to kill people arbitrarily. I would rather find a remote plot of land, learn to live off of it by hunting and some gardening, and die in peace in fifty years.
>>719956403 >And when you went to Thailand, you had some legitimate qualifications. I don't. What do I do at that point? I didn't. Not to teach anyway. At that time, any fool who spoke English and could breathe could get a job, but not so easy now. It can be done, but you'd be on shit money.
Just typical nihilistic bullshit. Humans are preprogrammed and free will is essentially an illusion. Most people are self-serving, and even good people are drawn to inhumane, passionless activities. We are dominated by advertising and a consumer culture. Even interesting things, like artistic and creative pursuits, are spoiled by expectations of respect, commercial success, and understanding, and many are even driven by the desire to be popular and wealthy.
The beautiful and pure things in life are all natural, and exist in an increasingly small corner of each continent.
And even if you overcome all of that, when you're alone in the wood with your own creative pursuits, and are self-sufficient, fed, clothed, and sheltered, you still long for a mate which you will never find.
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