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This is my first pandemic. My nonprofessional opinion is that it falls into the realm of the “worst time in history” category. It makes everything prior to 2020 seem so 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. The most impressive reasons support an all-around financial boost.
Ready to take some deep breaths and count to 10? And breathe in….
I quit a low paying job and began a not-quite-as-low paying job, which is also a great way to fast track a financial increase. Some people use job transitions as a way to increase their wages quickly. It was certainly true of my case. If I would have stayed with my prior gig it would have taken me years to get to my new gigs starting point. I cut my losses because quitting doesn’t make you 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 vehicles is an excellent way to maximize my time and pre-taxed income. Due to my prior military service, I get four years credited too. Hazzah intelligent decisions made by youth!
A SHORT & SCENIC COMMUTE
The national average of commutes are 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.
This slow-moving (I don’t go over 45 miles per hour) commute, is certainly a win for savings and a win for incorporating scenic beauty into my day. Not that was a 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 but this exertion also propels my thoughts forward. Frequently, I have discover new insight 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 have to spend money on work clothes. In my mind, if they want me to look a certain way then they better pay for that “conformed” image!
Of all the things! I get subsidized coffee. It’s not quite free because I donate small amounts on an infrequent basis. Still, it is hot coffee that is available for those so lacking in connoisseur taste buds.
Truthfully, I have a hard time telling the difference between good and bad coffee probably because its more cream and sugar than coffee but in the end, it’s just another way that this position increases my income.
QUITTING MY JOB DURING A PANDEMIC = FINANCIAL WIN!
Quitting my job during a pandemic is not ideal but if the opportunity is better financially, I found it best to take the plunge. The dividends from my new opportunity were substantial and, quite frankly, delightful.
When the world is experiencing a horror-filled roller coaster at a theme park called COVID-19, the best you can do is buckle in, look forward to the euphoric highs, scream at the top of your lungs when it’s scary, and hope for a smooth finish.
Have your experienced any extra interesting, pandemic-sprinkled transitions as of late?