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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Time Has Come

I've been hinting at it for months, and it is now time for me to come clean. Early last month everything changed for me. For starters, I quit my job. The reasons for this are myriad. Some I will lay out here; others I will keep for myself. But needless to say, this is just about the best thing that could happen to me. I now get to write for a living. I get to spend more time with the people I love most. I have the freedom to travel when I want (even if I don't exactly have the money). I get to raise my son the way I want to, instead of constantly compromising with the ideals of a daycare.

These are all very good things.

But in the run up to this decision, several things became apparent to me all at once. The most important of these is that a life not devoted to making the lives of others better is a life well wasted. We are living during an important inflection point in American history, and possibly global history, and we are told constantly that the best way to survive this moment is to protect ourselves and those like us. The rich rally around each other. Unions stage protests. Talk about taxes, taxes, taxes! I don't agree with this. There is more than enough money, time, charity, optimism, and health to go around, and I refuse to spend anymore of my life devoted to wasting those things so that I can be happy to the detriment of others.

So, think of the following as a "What I Did Over Summer Vacation" essay, only looking ahead, instead of back. I will be using my temporary-to-permanent vacation from corporate hustling to focus on a variety of inter-related projects, and I'll keep doing these things as long as I can.