Well, my freedom timetable got moved up a little bit (see Debtor’s Prison, below). I was just let go from my place of employment.
I had become increasingly disenchanted with my job and was actively looking for a new position, in addition to planning on part-time work to pay off debt. I had stopped being a doormat and stood up for myself a few times at work, and apparently my new assertiveness wasn’t as popular as my previous passivity. Honestly, I had some suppressed anger over the way I had been treated, so I was being VERY assertive. And in this economy, they can find someone willing to do my job for about $20,000 less, I’m sure. Oh, well. It’s really all for the best, to just start again with a clean slate.
It’s definitely a little scary to be unemployed in the current economic climate, but I won’t miss the actual job at all. It was time to move on, and this is the push I needed to do it. Of course, it’s better to be job hunting while employed (I turned down about six jobs in the past few weeks that weren’t quite right – now I’ll be a lot less picky!) But it was easy to get comfortable in a situation that didn’t benefit my long-term career or life goals.
Again, this all just reinforces my desire to become debt free. If I were debt free today, I could support my current lifestyle for $25,000/year, doing temp work. My debt means I need to make twice that amount.
Technically, I could sell my townhouse and I wouldn’t need employment for some time – I have a lot of equity. It makes me sad to think of doing that, but at least it’s an available option that a lot of people don’t have right now, since they’re upside down on their mortgages. Inspired by other minimalist bloggers, I’ve been getting rid of a lot of my stuff recently and I’m less emotionally attached to what’s left.
I started thinking – wow, I could sell my place, pay off my debt, and then I wouldn’t be tied to a specific location anymore. I really could travel the world – or whatever. Hmmm……maybe instead of a temporary setback, I can regard this new situation as an opportunity. The first step….on the road to freedom!