Six months ago yesterday — July 24, 2012 — was my last day of full-time employment.
Six months ago today was the beginning of my full-time pursuit of my passions: primarily acting and voiceover, but not forgetting programming, as I still like to get my geek on.
I mentioned this to my wife yesterday, and her first question was, “Do you regret it?”
As I stood there and thought about everything that’s happened in the past six months, I really didn’t know how to answer that question. In an odd way, it feels like it’s too soon to tell yet. I’ve definitely enjoyed the many new experiences that I’ve had during that time — things that I never could have done if I still had a day job — but there have been plenty of times when I’ve gone to bed a total mental and emotional mess because I had no idea how we were going to pay for the next big bill that was due in just a few days. So far, though, we’ve been blessed with lots of little miracles in those moments of madness…
- a friend would pay us to watch their dog while they’re on a trip
- a long-awaited check from a previous job would finally arrive in the mail
- my wife would pick up a new piano student
- I’d pick up some extra hours at a seasonal job
…and the list goes on.
Thinking about possible regrets, there’s only one that comes to mind readily: I regret not setting aside more funds before making the leap. The first couple months weren’t so bad, but it’s been getting progressively scarier since then, even with the little miracles that still pop up to save the day.
Do I regret it?
Let me get back to you on that. I’ve got work to do.