I am 26, I own my own 3 bedroom house in a great neighborhood in suburbia. I have a nice car that my company bought for me as a bonus. I am doing relatively well..except I am not.
I HATE my job, I hate getting up for it every monday. I hate it so much that I spend all sunday dreading it, and staying up all sunday night, because I know once I go to sleep, I will have to wake up and go back to my job that I hate the next morning.
Its not my coworkers, its not my boss, its not even the work. I just have no passion for it, I have no desire to do it well. I just dont care about it.
I work in estimating in a construction office. Currently, our problem is we have more work than we have employees capable of doing said work, so I currently am being asked to bid on work, with the goal of not getting the contract awarded to me. Everyday feels like I am being paid to just sit here and waste my time.
Outside of work, its just me. My best friends are my 2 brothers. My other friends have either moved away, gotten married, or we just sort of lost interest/common ground and so we no longer hang out.
Last year I went to PAX Prime with my buddy who lives on the east coast. He is my closest non-related friend, and while we were walking around PAX, or around the bars in Seattle during the convention, towards the closing of the weekend, we both were talking about how it sucks to go back to the real world. We were talking about how PAX is so awsome because it brings people together who care about the same things, and outside of those select conventions or gatherings its so hard to meet like-minding and similarly-interested people, especially once you are out of college.
This is when I first had the idea for my current brain child and new life goal.
I want to open a Nerd Bar... the gamer/comic/MTG player/board-game enthusiasts take on a sports bar.
It sort of came up in a conversation with a coworker also, who asked well "Where do you go to hang out with people who have your similar interests?" and I said that there were things like Comiccon or Pax, but aside from that, not really a place that caters to the nerd/gaming subculture. Most people look at us as basement dwelling losers who never leave their parents basement... but maybe its just because those people have never had a place that was meant for them.
I mean, if you want to read more about it, here is a Reddit post, I put in a subreddit for my local area.
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But, uh yeah.
I have spent the last couple months really thinking about it. And really debating going for it, and I have finally decided... I need to do something or I just wont be able to live with myself any longer.
As of today, I have sent in the paperwork for my passport, once I receive my Passport, I will be putting in my 2 weeks, and I will be putting my house up for sale, and taking all of my savings, and investing it into my future.
I plan on taking my first 6 months off, to travel the world and the country a bit. (Current plans are USA then Asia, I want to hit at least Japan and Korea. I also want to hit New Zealand if possible) I am 26 and have always dreamt of traveling, but have never had either the time/money... and I know that once I am contracted into a lease on my new building, and start my new business I will not be able/have the time to travel fort he next 5-10 years.
My dad/brother are both entrepreneurs, and I have been working with them on their business/in their offices since I was 16, so I know that once I start this, I will be putting in plenty of 100+ hour work weeks.. so I decided to get my traveling out before I am officially locked in place.
My closest nonrelative friend is going to be my business partner, he has worked in the restaurant business for the past 10 years, and will be helping me get it started, and keeping it going.
Its extremely terrifying, as I have spent 90% of my life analyzing and over analyzing every angle. Thinking, rethinking, and overthinking every move ive ever made, every step ive ever taken... but finally I have just decided its time for a change.
I am incredibly sad about selling my house, (especially my Theatre room..which I have spent roughly $5,000 on...complete with surround sound, 100in Screen, etc).. but if all else fails, Ill be between 26 and 30, with a college degree, and my current job would always hire me back if I needed work.
So yeah, this is my Bilbo Baggins moment.. that contract has been lingering in my mind all night..and Ive finally decided to pick it up and sign it.
Im going on an adventure!
Im terrified, and I might be severely crippling my future/life...but it could also be the beginning of something great.