I’d been feeling all of these things for a while. Some days I could barely go to work, and more than a couple of sick days were mental health days.
My healthy diet had warped itself; “No sugar, no flour” became “No sugar, no flour, a whole bag of chips.”
My piles of “eBay stuff” in the garage weren’t shrinking, my short stories weren’t getting written, and I wasn’t getting any better at my job. I was spending my weekends escaping into Netlfix and Reddit.
So I quit my job. I interviewed around town, found a job in a field that (hopefully!) will be more motivating, and I put in 6 weeks (!) notice. And I asked for a start date in February.
So what now? A lot of my friends have recommended vacations and backpacking trips, but that’s not the goal of my time off.
I want to use this time as a sabbatical, not a vacation. So I’ll be working on developing good habits. I’ll be reconnecting with my hobbies and creative outlets. I’ll be trying to figure out what I would do if I ever retired. I’ll be recovering and decompressing, so that when the time is up I’ll be enthusiastic, and return to work with a sense of purpose.