Throughout my twenties I used be a full-time employed office worker as a programmer and manager. I often used my spare time to educate myself further in the field or work extra hours. I worked hard, played hard.
In my thirties I’ve been experimenting with
- quitting work for the sake of enjoying myself,
- starting up a software business,
- joining a company for a single project only, and
- volunteering my time to work for others in exchange of shelter, food, knowledge, and experience.
These all helped me understand the value of life time, money, and the freedom that comes with managing my own time, and lesser independence on money.
Most recently I secured a part-time and remote job as a programmer.
I’m responsible for my schedule. Working part time allows me to stop work when I’m tired. I can spend significant time with my family. If it’s sunny and dry outside, I rather enjoy outdoor activities. If it’s gloomy, I rather work more hours with the computer.
The luxury of working with computers allows me to be able to work anywhere as long as there’s internet connection and a silent corner available. I don’t commute. I eat lunch at home with the company of my family. We all share the food we cook. If my partner needs an urgent help with our child, I’m available for them.
Having a baby also taught me the importance of having jobs in which you can involve a child. Despite all the advantages, a computer job isn’t such.
My work vision for my forties is that
- I have multiple income sources
- I manage a passive income source
- I dedicate time to work for a non-profit initiative
- I partially live off the land I manage, and
- my jobs let me involve my children.