Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Last Days at Work: The times they are a changing

I am sitting at my desk in my office at the job I have held for 11 years, and I am attempting to organize the collection of books and other papers that I have accumulated.  It's cause for reflection.  I realize I am trading the security of this teaching position for the uncertainty of a foreign city and unknown prospects.  WHAT AM I THINKING?  Do people who have mortgages and children do this kind of thing?  I can't help but think about this from a psychological perspective.  This seems like a cry for help or some clear evidence of mental/emotional instability due to mid-life crisis.  Is it?  Or is this just taking advantage of the luxury of actually having options?  At this point, with the stress levels approaching Alpha, I am leaning towards the former.

Regardless, I have filled out the required paperwork for separation from my job and in two days I will be officially (and voluntarily) unemployed.  I haven't been unemployed since I was in my very early 20's and it's very weird.  All this consistent employment has been a blessing that many people in the U.S. (and around the world) wish for.  Well, hopefully I will find something soon in Thailand, and even more important, when I return to the U.S.

Now back to work recycling paper and returning well-used textbooks before I leave here for greener pastures (literally).  


  1. Matt,

    I am not quite 60 and Uncle Bob is now 64. Neither one of us has ever had the courage to leave this country with or without family. We are very proud of you and your family for your decision, no matter how hard it is. This is a great life adventure for you, enjoy!

  2. More folks should take the risk you guys are taking. Get out there and explore!

  3. More folks should take the risk you guys are taking. Get out there and explore!

  4. as Will would probably say Matt... "first world problems". Go for it! and I can't wait to follow you, Jess and the kids adventure!