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Quit your job, ride your bike full time, and earn $50 an hr!(9 posts)

Quit your job, ride your bike full time, and earn $50 an hr!NewDayNewWay
Dec 10, 2002 4:27 PM
But seriously...

Has anyone considered cutting back to part time or considered early retirement so that they can bike more?

I've thought about it, but not just so I can ride my bike, but so I have a greater opportunity to experience life. I've reached about as high on the corporate ladder as I'm going to go (and that I want to go frankly). I view my bike riding as a spiritual renaissance in my life. So I could sacrifice, kiss off to the corporate world, and live a humble life riding my bike.

But as with many of our lives, we're in a financial mouse trap created by corporate marketing, and our insatiable desires to feed our egos and maximize sensory input. The world screams to us "buy more!" and "you can't live without this!" and "look at this new car that will really impress your neighbors!" and other nonsense.

Why are we so weak? If only we could hold back and live a pure and simplistic life, in harmony with all fellow beings (human or otherwise), and with freedom from our torturous existence. We could sell our cars, and ride our bikes until we fall to the ground in death. Our bodies can decay on the side of the road, back to the earth that gave birth to us... and our bikes.
Sounds Great! Sign me up...rwbadley
Dec 10, 2002 4:38 PM
Actually I have done this already. I was able to cut back to four regular work days, and some extra days during the winter, Spring summer and fall are 4 days/week and lots of extra riding time.

I love it.

I agree with your dream to simplify. I have been there, and you can't go wrong. Life, work, and family expectations can cloud the issue, but start small and work your way up.

I'm pretty sure I am already in a state of decay, if my flatulance last night was any indication! ;-)

RW
re: Quit your job, ride your bike full time, and earn $50 an hr!Picshooter
Dec 10, 2002 5:46 PM
I was downsized a little over a year ago. It was a good thing because after 20+ years of corporate life I was ready for the change, but too afraid to step away from the comforts of a big company. I rode almost every day, then came home to do things around the house that had been put off for way too long. It was a dream come true. I am fortunate to have a wonderful wife (with her own career) who is happy with our small (and now that the kids are grown just the right size) house. We realize how nice it is not to have a mortgage, car payments etc. Just one left in college.
I recently took a job as a teachers aide in a school for "exceptional" children. I feel life has been super to me and this is my way of giving just a little back to society. It also provides insurance, which is getting to be so $$$$, as well as time to do my freelance photography. I am now able to pick and choose who I shoot for and accept the assignments I like.
Eliminating debt was difficult, but is so rewarding. I also have plenty of time to ride these days. Go for it!
We're all consumer cattle, conditioned to be non-self sufficienteschelon
Dec 10, 2002 5:54 PM
hell man, they are even trying to build machines and computers so that we don't have to do anything...except goto work at the jobs we would never dream of saying to ourselves "I can't wait to do that". The stuff thinks for us, it dices, it slices, it cleans, etc.

One word dude: Illuminati. The truth will set you free.
Remember when we thought computers would elimiate jobs?Kristin
Dec 11, 2002 6:44 AM
All the people who's jobs were eliminated got new jobs fixing broken computers, helping other people use their computers or designing new computers.
Be a messenger and make $12/hr! (nm)timfire
Dec 10, 2002 8:09 PM
re: Quit your job, ride your bike full time, and earn $50 an hr!S-U-B
Dec 10, 2002 8:30 PM
thought about this when i was figuring out what I wanted to do with my life. the one thing we have a limited amount of is time. I picked a career where I am my own boss, work 20 hrs. a week, and spend the rest of the time with my family and my hobbies. I decide how much I want to work and then try and make as much money as I can in those hours, not how much money I want to make and then work my life away trying to make it. I doubt anyone's last words before they die are "gee, I wish I would have worked more and spent less time doing what I enjoy." you can't take your money with ya.
though in this economy it isnt always that easyColnagoFE
Dec 11, 2002 8:19 AM
With 2 young kids and a mortgage I can't afford to take much of a pay cut right now. Also the things I'd like to do don't seem to make all that much money. Then there is the problem of deciding what I'm so passionate about that I'd be willing to chuck it all for that one thing. Sometimes I think working at Starbucks would be a cool job. They always look like they have no cares in the world when I stop in there to get my morning coffee. If I get laid off I might apply though the thought of doing this reminds me way too much of the progression of events in the movie American Beauty.
I know two guys who took a year off and toured the USAKristin
Dec 11, 2002 6:42 AM
One guy was laid off and decided he would like to see the country by bike. He told a friend of his, who--after some consideration--quit his job to join him. They have some great stories and neither regret the decision for a moment. (Mind you, both were single men living in apartments.) Please don't leave your wives and children to care for the mortgage and landscaping for a year.