On June 30, I will be leaving full time employment to pursue my interests. Note that I say "my" interests and not "other interests".
I am fortunate... no... I am blessed to have this opportunity.
I have had a great career in My Chosen Field and done very well, but after more than 23 years of the same thing, I am seriously ready for a change.
I have been moving in this direction for awhile now. I used to be a text book example of a guy who's whole social network revolves around work. I have largely corrected that and have a lot of friends and acquaintances outside of work, so I don't think social isolation will be an issue for me.
As for keeping busy, I have always had more hobbies than time (bicycling, bike repair, bike advocacy, fly fishing, fly tying, weather spotting/storm chasing, playing music, drawing, literature, shooting, placelessness and urban geography, photography, etc., etc. That said, I have never had sufficient time or mental energy to really delve into any of these to my satisfaction. Now's my chance.
Immediate plans are admittedly kind of unimpressive - I am registered for the upcoming League Cycling Instructor (LCI) course at the end of the month and hope to teach traffic skills to children and adults. I also have some mandolin lessons lined up (that's kind of a whim - the teacher revealed herself and student stepped forward). I also have some important family obligations to attend to as well in the coming months.
Finally, I am already a contributing author for Cycle Twin Cities and am an occasional contributor to Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition ("once" counts as "occasional", right?), plus I scribble here. I plan to keep up the writing as well, but that might go in a new direction.
We can never know.
Longer term, I will look for a part time enjoyable position by Fall or Winter. Perhaps bike shop, perhaps sporting goods or hardware store, perhaps energy policy and government relations.
We can never know.
So, that's the big news. Thanks for stopping by and seeing what's up.