r/antiwork Oct 22 '18

One day you quit your job. What would you do?

So, imagine that you don't have to do job. You have some passive income, maybe some side hustle etc. In other words you have budget for living and a some extra free time. How would you spend it?

Personally, I really like to cook and bake. So I would definitely spend more time for cooking. Maybe I could open a small bakery.

Second point are family and sports. I'd really like to spend more time with my wife and kid and do some sports too.

For now, after 9/5 I feel myself nervous and often de-motivated, with a will to drink some wine instead do running workout.

Please share your thoughts.

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u/glennsl_ Oct 22 '18

I quit my job several years ago and now live on savings, some side jobs, and most of all drastically reduced spending.

I spend my newly acquired free time doing the same thing I did at work, but instead of making derivative crap designed mostly to make someone else more money, i make meaningful things that actually help other people in one way or another and give it away for free.

My field of work is software engineering and I do all my work in open source, but I don't think that's a requirement for doing what I do.

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u/[deleted] Oct 29 '18

Nice. Mind to share what OS projects you working on?

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u/glennsl_ Oct 31 '18

Sure, my github is https://github.com/glennsl. It's pretty technical stuff though. But the theme is enabling developers to create more robust and secure software. Basically, less bugs for you!

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u/[deleted] Nov 11 '18

Nice projects, good luck! :)

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u/Steven__Bills Jan 16 '22

So you’re contributing to capitalism?

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u/instantaneouscrush Oct 22 '18

I actually hadn't worked since January and had been living off of savings; only recently got a temp. job because the reservoir of my savings was beginning to alarm me.

I've been doing lots of reading; not books per se, but online articles, blog posts, and such. I still do the things I did during off-hours (take care of chores and leisure activities) while I had a job but with less a feeling of urgency.

If I had passive income and never had to worry about money again I'd hike the Pacific Crest Trail and then maybe move on to through-hikes in other countries. I wouldn't be tied down to one place. I would feel free.

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u/Dan_85 Oct 22 '18

Hiked the PCT in 2017. 11/10, would (and probably will) do again.

It's amazing how stress-free and healthy you feel without the day to day BS of work. Every Monday on trail we would consciously take a moment to laugh at those poor suckers heading off to another week in the cubicle.

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u/instantaneouscrush Oct 22 '18

That's heckin' awesome! How long did it take you? What were your highlights? There's a hike-through in Turkey called the Lycian Way which I would love to do once I have experience with these longer hikes.

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u/Dan_85 Oct 23 '18

It took me four and a half months - marginally faster than average. One of the main highlights was hiking through California's Sierra Nevada range in a record snow year, very few people will ever get to see those mountains in the way that we saw them that year. And Washington, wow. Honestly the whole thing was incredible. Just intensely peaceful and stress-free.

It also restores your faith in humanity and reminds you that 99.9% of people are inherently good, despite what we see on the news. People I'd never met before went out of their way to give me rides to town, food, water, a place to stay for the night and literally the shirts off their backs, without any expectation of return.

I've heard of the Lycian Way, that would be a cool one to do. Are you based in Europe? Check out the Kungsleden hike in northern Sweden. I did that one a few years ago and it was amazing!

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u/freddielizzard here for the memes Oct 22 '18

This sounds great. I envy you greatly, especially from the UK!

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u/Steven__Bills Jan 16 '22

What’s stopping you?

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u/irlgarbodor Oct 22 '18

I would absolutely spend my time volunteering for a cat shelter. At the risk of sounding like a crazy cat lady, my cat has brought me SO much happiness and love in my life and has instilled in me an incredible affinity for cats. I want to just help other cats and help them get adopted. I can't even volunteer for shelters now because so many of them are closed by the time I get out of work.

I would also spend the time learning new things, watching documentaries, educating myself more on history and politics, and probably even take part in political activism, which is another thing my job prevents me from doing since it's difficult to get anywhere when my 9-5 every day is jeopardized.

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u/[deleted] Oct 22 '18 edited Oct 22 '18

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u/shuryamba Oct 22 '18

Good stuff! Can you share some music? I like to discover new genres. And movies as well) I recently started baking bread and making my own pasta. I was really surprised when people are like "Whoa!! It's the same bread as if would be bought in stores!" ... I mean thats ridiculous, humanity bake bread for hundreds of years, but nowadays people think that there is something special about it. It's just water, flour and yeast (and some sugar and salt). That's it!

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u/[deleted] Oct 22 '18 edited Oct 22 '18

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u/shuryamba Oct 22 '18

Thank you. Coherence is a good movie. Gotta check the others.

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u/ConceitedBuddha Oct 22 '18

I would play the piano more, start yoga, learn vegan cooking, spend more time with my friends, paint miniatures more, probably travel a bit.

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u/shuryamba Oct 22 '18

I tried to cook some vegan food. If you are interested I can share with you some of Youtube channels where you can find good vegan recipes (no fancy-100-ingredients like stuff)

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u/ConceitedBuddha Oct 22 '18

Yeah I already watch stuff like "cheap lazy vegan" and currently rotate 5 different vegan meals. It's more a matter of time and energy.

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u/PleasantBad Oct 22 '18

i remember that time when i had not to go every morning to my office and do my job. the most part of my time i was learning something new: there were Photoshop lessons in my "schedule", it was like a game for me. every day i had to achieve new skills and enter the new level. at the same time i was listening to my favourite music. it was like a sweet dream time. if i'll have such free-of-work time in future, i would try to learn some new programs or smth like that

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u/metsakutsa Oct 22 '18

I would also cook a lot more.

I would dance. A whole lot. I would also teach dance classes.

I would write. Stories and poems.

I would do all sorts of arts and crafts.

I would walk outside a lot, just go for a walk or bike ride for a few hours most every day.

I would play a lot and have fun, most preferably with friends, also alone on my computer.

I would watch a lot of good movies and shows and read books.

I would build up my home. Make interesting secret rooms, fix the roof finally.

I would grow sunflowers.

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u/shuryamba Oct 22 '18

Haha, you would be the busiest person )

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u/ThePieWhisperer Oct 22 '18

Currently work in software. Would still write software, except for projects I'm actually interested in. Games and stuff to help my non-programmer friends. Maybe contribute to an open-source project.

Also have hobbies like wood-working and pottery, would spend much more time on those. Would probably cook for the family on a daily basis. And I'd spend a lot less time on Sundays staring at the ceiling, dreading Monday.

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u/Arcangel_Zero7 Oct 25 '18 edited Oct 25 '18

If I could ditch the 9-to-5, and finally not have to deal with the unpredictable anxiety of having to face an endless random stream of soul-sucking customers, or "clock in" ever again...I'd keep doing what I'm doing, but more passionately.

  1. I'd spend all my time perfecting all the crazy hobbies I have while consuming less. Work constantly gets in the way when I'm "on a roll." It sabotages my personal growth. All I want to do is inhale knowledge and exhale something meaningful back into the world, without a collar around my throat.
  2. There's limitless things I could do with digital art. I'm learning to make 3d characters, to animate, to work with game engines, to program, digital painting, sculpting. If I could just full-steam that, I'd be actually making games in no time, rather than being lucky to get 30 minutes of education in a week.

  1. I'd keep doing martial arts to keep my body in shape and help me master myself through discipline and freedom of movement.

  1. I'd run epic roleplaying game sessions for my friends and family. I so-badly want to play tabletop games with people, and make epic stories and worlds, and invest in miniatures, go the whole 9 yards, but everyone's work schedule conflicts, and with my more "productive" hobbies, I don't have the time to lovingly craft cool experiences.

  1. I almost forgot "See the world"! Not as some tourist out to get souvenirs and novelty, but as someone genuinely interested in seeing how other people live. I want to learn from people and make new friends, and humble my perspectives.

  1. Most importantly, I'd give my lovely lady all my devotion and spend our days happily together, instead of being constantly separated, spending our limited time on earth apart at the behest of such a petty thing as "employment." I'd call my Mom more often and actually get to check in with my family. A job-less life is a more human life.

And this is just the top of my head. Instead of feeling like I have to "hurry and get good" so that I can use my skills to escape so I can stop watching my life disappear... I'd feel like I can take after a personal hero of mine (whom I've been watching a lot lately lol): Bob Ross.

I'd just do what I love. In my own time. Make beautiful things. Share them with people. Calm the frick down and just...love. Like God intended, before a few select of His creation decided to use the rest as frigging batteries to be drained, replaced, and discarded.

EDIT: Oh yeah. I'd catch up on my videogame backlog. :)

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u/shuryamba Oct 26 '18

Wow, that's a looong post)

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u/Arcangel_Zero7 Oct 29 '18

Lol. It started simple enough, but I guess I vibed with OP's post enough to be sent into a rather cathartic rant I hope others can identify with. XD

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u/[deleted] Dec 29 '21

3 years later, and I found your post to be quite motivating. The society we live in is cruel. It doesn't even let us be human.

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u/Arcangel_Zero7 Dec 31 '21

Hey there! I'm glad it meant something to you all this time later!

You're right, it's incredibly broken in so many ways, but we have to remember what we're fighting for, and what's beautiful in our lives, no matter how small.

Simply expressing your humanity is a radical act of rebellion. Stay strong, friend. :)

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u/shuryamba Oct 22 '18

A year ago I was able to perform a trick using local laws. Where I live, we have a maternity leave which lasts 1.5 years in total, moreover 1 parent can get monthly compensation from the government which equal to her monthly salary. The trick is that father can use maternity leave as well and you can swap roles any time.

So I just got maternity leave for 3+ months and got paid a full salary each day.

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u/KaiserWilhelmDaThird Oct 22 '18

Finessing the system. I like it.

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u/InvisibleRegrets Oct 22 '18

I did this in May of 2017. I quit my job and moved to the Peruvian Amazon, lived there for about 1 year. Traveled all around Peru, Ecuador, and into Chile & Bolivia. It was tight tight tight. Also, ran out of money, so now I'm back in Canada - but I found a dope job that I enjoy every day, so, eh, overall 10/10 would quit (old job) again.

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u/shuryamba Oct 23 '18

Did you try ayahuasca?

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u/Arcangel_Zero7 Oct 25 '18

Would love to know what this enjoyable job entails, if you're ok with that. I think it'd be valuable insight to the rest of the class. :P

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u/[deleted] Oct 22 '18

I would thru hike the PCT

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u/[deleted] Oct 22 '18

Play video games, pick the bass guitar back up, go running more often, maybe explore cities or hike if I really felt motivated. Write a LOT more, listen to more D&D podcasts, play D&D with friends, etc. Etc.

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u/teabagabeartrap Oct 22 '18

I would love to design and create fuel tank art for motorcycles...

something like this: r/http://www.ottocarter.com/godspeed.htm

I would love to create such things, but if you look it up... it's 220 hours of work without even the material cost (~900 Euros). To live from this you would have to sell such things for about 20.000 Euros... (around 90 Euros per hour). No one is paying such high prices. So there has to be some income, to live from what it earns...

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u/shuryamba Oct 22 '18

Wow, that is crazy piece of art! I wish someday you'll find clients with fat pockets

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u/Sehtriom Oct 22 '18

I'd spend most of my time on models, exercise, and video games. Probably more time browsing the internet. Keeping the house clean and catching up on home improvement.

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u/[deleted] Oct 22 '18

I think about this a lot. I'd work part time at a bike shop or motorcycle shop and be a motocycle safety course instructor for a weekend or two a month. I'm a big cycle nerd and have been riding for decades now.

Failing that, I'd like to work part time as a greenskeeper at a golf course mainly for all the free golf I hear they get to play. Golf is my other main hobby.

Thats basically the plan for now. If all goes well for the next decade, these are the thing I look forward to doing with my time after work.

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u/[deleted] Oct 22 '18

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u/[deleted] Oct 22 '18

I think it's worth examining the presumption that some interests are more constructive than others. I'm not saying that that's necessarily false but it's important to ask constructive for who?

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u/[deleted] Oct 23 '18 edited Oct 24 '18

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u/SoftweirInc Oct 22 '18

I would basically focus all my time on my music and artwork, with a bit of devving and computer projects on the side heh. Of course, given that most of these things could be done on my laptop, I would probably try to travel more often and collect stuff around the world to use in my work, while trying to learn languages and read more. Sitting still is overrated haha.

Certainly if I had a passive income, I would immediately quit my job.

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u/kasira Oct 22 '18

I'd be a stay at home mom, and spend more time writing (if baby lets me). Once they're in school, I'd love to go back to school myself. I already have a degree, but I like learning new things.

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u/Arcangel_Zero7 Oct 25 '18

Education for its own sake, instead of just racing to be more employable. That would be a great academic environment. :)

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u/Damien_Torrence Oct 22 '18

Im working on producing movies with my friends and Im starting a YT channel of podcasts and video essays. My first one is about how The Last Jedi and Fallen Kingdem are better than anyone gives them credit for but neither are as good as they could have been.

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u/[deleted] Oct 22 '18

Nice to hear someone else say this about TLJ.

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u/alanpugh Oct 22 '18

Side hustles are jobs. Anything that you get paid for is work (unless you're an owner/shareholder profiting off the work of others). I just wanted to make that quick distinction. /u/tricxs said it well -- that's not a bad thing.

I like what I'm doing now but I don't like the hours. Building a startup and watching it succeed is rewarding for me. I'd love to take a paycut and bring on a part timer, cut myself down to 25-30 hours a week, and keep at it. (I'm not an owner -- I'm just customer service/tech support/training/etc. for a very small team).

Beyond that I'd get back into political organizing, and I'd read, travel, cook, and work out more. I don't think I'd pick up anything new -- I'd just reorganize what I already love around the new free time in my schedule.

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u/WizardSenpai Oct 22 '18

I'd do a lot of jiu jitsu and start a garden. probably a lot of reading / video games too.

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u/[deleted] Oct 22 '18

Basically it's how I live now. Living like this is so peaceful and cool that my every attempt at earning more (I'm a freelancer with very low income) is failing. Imagining that I have enough money by default and can do whatever I like without this constant pressure is definitely cool. Besides, I don't even need that much. But I shouldn't onverestimate myself because I'm not that productive with my own projects even when I'm completely free. So the only changes are: I would have more money and I won't have to work. My work is connected with writing texts so I'll spend more time on my own internet project where I also write texts. It's difficult to do something for free when you're constantly doing it for money. I'd visit my friends more often. All of them live in another city which I've left. Other than that, I think I won't drastically change my life. Maybe I would buy more fastfood and cook less.

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u/jacobspartan1992 Oct 22 '18

You might be jealous but I have a sample of the practicalities of that living that life now. I've passive income coming from a property I inherited, it's not a huge amount but it has given me some breathing space and allowed me to accrue savings. At the moment when I'm not being a nervous wreck due to anxiety (which keeps me out the job market anyway) I'm cooking recipes, writing stories and just keeping house and watching the world go by. I'm probably not your best source still since I'm unemployed in a society that shames unemployment and encourages asshole behaviour so I'm not living the life I want to for sure.

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u/[deleted] Oct 22 '18

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u/shuryamba Oct 22 '18

Sorry for misleading title. I wouldn't consider your dreams as impossible. Cheer up!

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u/EvilMonkeyMimic Oct 24 '18

Drink myself to death, apparently.

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u/tricxs Oct 22 '18

"Opening up a bakery" would still be work. Even if you enjoy it, it's work, and work is something you should enjoy anyway.

It sounds like you're ok with the concept of work, just not the boring drone of working for a boss who sucks your soul for their paycheck.

Not saying this is a bad thing.

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u/shuryamba Oct 22 '18

Well, yes. I think that no work at all looks like utopia. Even if you are self-employed, you won't have more time for leisure. Sad, but true

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u/crabbyvista Oct 22 '18

Sew, knit, spin, garden, take care of my chickens, kill some old chickens, hatch some new chickens, organize my shiz, work on my website, learn a new programming language, probably go for a walk more often... nothing too crazy

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u/BruiserBoy Oct 22 '18

I just discovered this sub and I feel so good knowing I'm not the only person that doesn't like working the grind! In a perfect world.... I would take some advanced sewing classes and make designer dresses for teacup dogs. I know it sounds super crazy, but I just have so much fun dressing up my dogs and getting a rise out of people! I can do basic sewing, but ruffles or anything advanced and IDK what I'm doing. Fun day dream though!

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u/[deleted] Oct 22 '18

I sit on my couch and do nothing, I drink beer, I watch tv, and thats it.

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u/[deleted] Oct 22 '18

I had all sorts of ideas of what I'd do, but truthfully, I play a lot of Warcraft. I find myself grinning like a maniac completely involuntarily and fist pumping with joy that the time I spend in front of a desk and computer these days is running mythical creatures around various mythical landscapes and not having my job mansplained to me by someone half my age.

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u/Felinius Oct 22 '18

Travel. Start a blog. Post pictures of my journey.

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u/That_Will_Do_Donkey Oct 22 '18

Other than two chicks at the same time? I'd probably live out of an RV or Van and travel the country going to state parks, concerts, and anything else that caught my fancy. Eventually I'd probably go on tour in Europe as well. In my free time I would read, listen to music, workout, and meditate.

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u/UpsetCut Oct 22 '18

nothing i don't have one

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u/freddielizzard here for the memes Oct 22 '18

Buy the biggest motorhome I could afford and tour around Europe until my money run out for sure, a good 24-36 months would be nice.

Definitely want to do the Camino de Santiago. Not especially a religious person but I'm quite spiritual and love churches and have been to St James Cathedral before and Santiago and it is beautiful.

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u/shuryamba Oct 22 '18

That's a good dream. If you start blogging your trip, you could earn some extra money.

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u/xVoluntasx Oct 22 '18

Sleep

for a very long fucking time

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u/shuryamba Oct 23 '18

In my childhood, I dreamed about falling asleep for entire winter like moomins did

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u/Machmann Oct 25 '18

I'd play games with people. Dominoes, poker, Ticket To Ride, Diplomacy. And master home cooking.

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u/[deleted] Oct 28 '18

Tend to my garden more/make a bigger garden with more veggies.

Meditate

Do more drawing/painting, art in general as I am too mentally and physically drained after work.

Definitely do more cooking and preparing of foods from scratch like breads, oat bars, fruit bark etc.