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The Fun Is In The Journey

Have you ever saved up for months to buy something you really wanted? You keep tabs on how close you are to your goal and maybe even dream about it at night. How about looking forward to a trip somewhere? You plan and plan and daydream about how great this trip of a lifetime is going to be. Everyday you get one day closer to that trip and the expectation builds and builds.

Then, after the event finally happens, have you ever had a letdown? This happens to me all the time. In my case, the journey to a highly anticipated event is usually more fun than the event itself.

I have just had all of September, October, and most of November off. No work, all play, do anything you want to everyday.  My wife and I did go to Japan for two weeks but other than that I did whatever I wanted.

You know what? I am now almost happy to be going back to work. What, you say? DayJobNuker is glad to be going back to work? Please tell me it isn’t so! 

This is always the problem with DayJobNuker (that’s me!). I know I don’t want to work but then I get bored of not working too. This is about the third time in the last 10 years that I have had 3 months off at a time. In each case, I was glad to be going back to work because it is hard to be not working. It is hard to be working and hard to be not working….I think I have a problem!

For me, the dream of nuking my day job may in the end be more fun than the reality of it. Working on the dream and trying to find work from home jobs may in fact be more fun than actually achieving that goal. (Complaining about the job is kind of fun too!)

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    This post reminded me on one story about Monica Seles. Once, some jurnalist asked her what she would like to buy? She said – porsche. Than, why don’t you buy porsche, you certenly have enaugh money for it? Yes, I have money for porsche, but if I buy it, than I will not have any wishes.

    acca on January 1st, 2008
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    Oh yea, I know how that feels. This is my second 4-day break in 2 weeks … and I’m worn out. I’m so ready to get back to 8 hour work days. How sad is that?

    Keep havin FuN!

    Todd Morris on January 1st, 2008
  • 3

    You are SICK! You need help right away.

    DayJobNuker on January 1st, 2008
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    Welcome back! I know how you feel. Taking a real break is a hard thing to do. Especially if you are working for yourself. You keep thinking of all the missed opportunities. Happy New Year!

    Neena (NeenMachine) on January 1st, 2008
  • 5

    This is quite scary indeed!

    david on January 1st, 2008
  • 6

    Interesting concept. Seems like the perfect situation is just being in complete control of when you do and don’t want to work then.

    Penny Stock Picks on January 1st, 2008
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    It’s refreshing to hear your thoughts on this – i thought i was crazy. I enjoyed a fast paced business analyst career for years but was happy to quit to become a stay at home Mom. Then, bored to tears (but glad to be with my kids) I had to start this crazy online biz. So now that I proved a point and succeeded at the online thing, I am wondering what I will be on to next year. So maybe it is quite possible that many of us are more interested in getting to the anticipated event or outcome of our hard work versus actually being stuck in it.

    Michelle on January 2nd, 2008
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    I think, the lesson to learn is, that there is always a way in the middle. Not black, not white, just gray ;-). The goal is, to do what you really, really want and what makes you happy. When that is, that you are working 80 hours a week, do it! When it means, that you fly to paris, do it. It all depends…

    Thomas on January 2nd, 2008
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    Maybe a part time day job supplemented by working from home is the answer?

    Clairwil on January 4th, 2008
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    Interesting post…I think many of us, myself included, are so used to the rat-race scenario that we wouldn’t know what to do if we ever got out – it’s a sad situation that we’re trained like this from the time we enter school with the whole goal of getting a good job…in the end though, I think we all need something to do – man just isn’t satisfied being idle. I don’t think anybody can just keep having fun all the time – you need to invest your time and effort into something and that’s exactly what you experimented

    OnlineSmarts on January 13th, 2008