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This is my first pandemic. My nonprofessional opinion is that it falls into the realm of “worst time in history” category. It makes everything prior to 2020 seem easy and simple. For example, in 2019 it would be quitting my job. The 2020 remix version is quitting my job during a pandemic.
Normally, a transition is cause for celebration (which truthfully there was some of that) but there were also delays, unexpected stints in unemployment, and copious amounts of patience which is not my forte.
In the end, quitting my job during a pandemic wasn’t ideal but it was one of the best decisions of 2020. Mostly, because I received a financial boost.
I quit a low paying job and began a not-quite-as-low paying job, which was a great way to fast track my finances. Rarely do companies pay more for promoting internal staff which is why job transitions can lead to higher wages. Or at least, it has been my experience.
If I would have stayed with my original gig, it would have taken me years to match my new starting wages. I cut my losses because quitting doesn’t make me a quitter.
Better Retirement Bennies
I was exposed to early retirement not too long ago, hence, I feel very fond of it. Naturally, the fact that federal government benefits include two retirement plans is an excellent way to maximize my time and pre-taxed income. Plus my prior military service, gets an extra four years credited that I didn’t receive when working with the state.
Hazzah, intelligent decisions made at seventeen!
A Short & Scenic Commute
The average of commute is twenty-six minutes. My commute is a slow, fifteen-minute drive on the most scenic road in town. This short drive hugs the curves of a river that is populated with islands inhabited by cantankerous rookeries of seagulls, pelicans, cormorants, and other water-obsessed birds.
With the top seed at 45 mph it is certainly a win for savings and a win for incorporating scenic beauty into my day. Not that I had this goal before but it sounds nice now!
I am one of those weird humans who enjoys working out. I enjoy getting out on the trails where my body is propelled forward with physical effort and perspiration. This physical effort also propels my thoughts forward. Frequently, I discover new insights or solved problems while running or hiking.
At my new federal gig, they are paying me three hours a week to workout. Best. Job. Ever!
Uniform Is the Best Form
My mother happened to remind me that I hated wearing a uniform when I was a kid. So much has changed!
Now, uniforms are my favorite. I don’t particularly enjoy the box cut of a government uniform or their penchant for gunmetal grey but I do appreciate not spending money on work clothes. In my mind, if they want me to look a certain way then they should pay for all that grey!
Of all the things, I get subsidized coffee too. It’s not quite free because I donate small amounts on an infrequent basis. Still, it is hot coffee that is available compliments of work.
Actually, I have a hard time telling the difference between good and bad coffee because its more cream and honey than coffee but in the end, it’s just another way this position increases my income.
Quitting My Job during a Pandemic = Financial Win!
Quitting my job during a pandemic was not ideal. However, the opportunity was better financially for little and big reasons. I took a chance. The rewards from this opportunity were noticeable and, quite frankly, delightful.
When the world is experiencing a horror-filled roller coaster at a theme park called COVID-19, the best I can do is buckle in, look forward to the euphoric highs, scream at the top of my lungs when it’s scary, and hope for a smooth finish.