At the end of September, I jettisoned full-time employment to focus on my jewelry making. I haven't had a full-blown panic attack - yet, but, I have to admit to moments of anxiety. There's a reason the term "golden handcuffs" came about. A regular paycheck, health insurance and 401K are compelling motivators, particularly in these uncertain economic times. Those bennies are enough to keep many people I know sitting in their cubicle day after day, watching the hands of the clock slowly turn. A recent survey discovered that at least 22 percent of American workers hate their jobs and feel that just showing up is enough to draw a paycheck.
As for me, existing isn't living. And, I've had several painful reminders lately that life is, in fact, short. So, I'm going to take the dive off the deep end and see what the other side holds for me. Wish me luck!