I’ve been considering this myself.
I’ve been repairing Apple computers for around 7 or 8 years now, and I’m tired of it. Some of it is corporate policies at Apple, some of it is conditions around the workshop itself, and while I don’t want to go into too much detail, I can certainly relate to some of the issues Cosmic has encountered.
I keep telling myself it’s wise to keep my current job, to maintain a stable income, but it’s become both physically and mentally draining, both because of where I am and also knowing that as time ticks on, I’m not actively pursuing where I want to be, exploring what the world and life has to offer, building a career or working toward switching into a different field.
I haven’t worked out what it is I actually want to do. I never have the time, energy or motivation to make the shift after work has taken more than its fair share each day and each week. Sometimes I wonder if the best solution is to leave, recharge and work towards something new, so I can actually have the energy to dedicate to the cause. Otherwise I’ll continue to be stuck in the same situation, day in and day out, year after year.
This year needs to be about change, because I can’t handle another twelve months sitting in this one spot. I made the decision to speak to a doctor to address some of the underlying mental issues and roadblocks I often face, some because of my work and the situation I’m in. Perhaps I could speak with some career counsellors about career options and see what best matches the skills I can offer, or what areas I need to acquire more skills in.
Perhaps it would make better sense for me to start a small business with the computer and game system repair skills (both hardware and software, troubleshooting, component replacement and micro-soldering) I already have. Even some money here and there is better than none. It’s an option I want to at least consider. I haven’t run a business before, but I’ve always wanted to build experience in this area, and I know I need to start somewhere.