In late 2015 I decided to quit my okay-paying, easy, dead end job which was paying me $23 an hour to deliver parcels. I was 35 years old with no employable skills, no education and no solid game plan. Most people labelled me as crazy but to me it was the rational choice.
Every work-morning when the alarm went off the first thought was how much closer is it to Friday. The second was I wish the day was over already. When Friday night arrived I was already dreading Sunday night. The job that you hate going to might only own your physical presence for 8 to 10 hours a day but your mind is enslaved to the misery afterhours. The pain of getting kicked in the balls lingers.
The choice was to be miserable for the rest of my non-wrinkly life or not. If I had dire responsibilities it could have justified me working my job but even then the best case scenario would be that I could accept my misery.
A month after I quit my job I made a trip to the city dump to get rid of some things before I moved. On the way back I was planning to stop by McDonald’s(don’t judge me) but I missed it so I decided to go to the McDonald’s closer to my area. I went through the drive-thru and backed into a parking spot. Minutes later a guy pulled in beside me on the driver’s side frontend first.
He got out and we looked at each other but said nothing. When he came back to his vehicle, for whatever reason I decided to say something, “you on your lunch break?”
I don’t remember what he replied or how we got around to talking about it but he told me to look into investing in a couple of stocks. I made an impression on Uncle Jerry. I piqued his interest early in the conversation when I told him how I quit my job. People like personal stories. Tell someone you’re going to jail or that your dad is gay and they’ll listen. Before we departed from each other Uncle Jerry said, “Mr. Green, I’ll always remember you. You know why? You’re the only one I’ve ever met who told me he quit his job and had a smile on his face.”
I didn’t know it then but that day was going to change my life.