Believe me, I’m happier than I’ve ever been. I love this life and this lifestyle. The freedom to work from home, set my own hours, and even take little mini-vacations on-demand is awesome! In fact, the picture attached to this blog post is of the Blue Ridge Parkway. My new favorite pastime is to hop in the car (a Chevy Equinox), head to the Parkway and play all day, then when I get tired, find a little B&B or hotel with internet access and work in the evening, paying for the trip as I go, then get up the next day and go play some more. It’s fantastic, but there’s one rather significant drawback.
Most of your friends probably don’t share your ultra flexible schedule, so you wind up doing a lot of really cool things alone.
I’m basically a loner anyway…hell, living on top of a mountain (in an ACTUAL “Holler”) in rural Virginia, I probably qualify as a hermit, but that can be a jarring, often lonely state of affairs for many, if not most folks who find their way to this life, so be warned. YES! You have almost unlimited freedom, and that’s amazing. No, your friends and family don’t, and that sucks.
On the other hand, I never have to wait in line to check out of Wal-Mart, because I just wait and go at three in the morning. While that certainly doesn’t make up for the fact that exactly NONE of my friends can do cool things with me during the week, and can’t pull an all-nighter on a whim playing video games, it’s certainly not nothing.
This won’t be a terribly long post, but it’s an important one. If you’re interested in the freelance/gig lifestyle, unless you can convince your friends to jump on the bandwagon with you, be prepared to spend lots of quality time with yourself, because you will. If you can’t handle that, you may be better off punching a clock for somebody else. Just sayin’.