On Quality of Life

Coming in to work today – a Friday of all days made me somewhat excited that the week is over. Even though I have a great job, I can’t help but look forward to the end of the week where I can finally relax and have 2 days all to myself. This wasn’t always the case.

Quality of Life

While self-employed I realized that weekdays blended together, where the beginning of work week and the end were such a blur that it was impossible to distinguish workdays from weekends.

Thinking about the past and how it was too trivial to wait for weekends made me think about other things as well, like the completely different world that self-employed people live in compared to those who are gone during the day.

No More Lines

Having the freedom of choosing when to take time off during the day creates many opportunities to enjoy life the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

Have you ever walked around town during work hours? It’s empty!

Now, empty might not mean anything to those living in the Midwest, but out here in Southern California it means a load of difference.

Places that are typically crowded are now accessible. Where wait lines exist by night, dissipate by day. Shopping places are crowd-less and stocked with fresh produce and newly arrived products. The street noise in suburbia is almost non-existent to the point where it is enjoyable to go outside and do things.

The overall quality of life improves when you are running on a different time.

Granted I am ignoring many other important aspects that actually contribute to your life’s enjoyment such as being healthy, having friends and spending time with family, but there is something to be said about existing in the same society as everyone else yet functioning on a completely different time.

There is a sense of freedom and peace when you can enjoy a good movie during the typical work day – without any annoyance from the crowds that gather at night.

The chores of shopping for the week become enjoyable when you don’t have to stick to a tight schedule of the workweek.

Visiting the park or nearby botanical gardens brings a sense of serenity when you have to share the entire place with only a handful of others.

Where service is meager in restaurants by night, you suddenly enjoy a mountain of focused pampering from the overwhelmingly friendly staff.

The list can go on and on. However, the benefits are only there when you have someone to share them with – a partner, a friend or family, anyone who can keep you great company to avoid an otherwise lonely existence.

Have You Tried This Lifestyle?

Every person should experience the freedom of being loose during the typical work hours. The only way to do that is to get out of the 9-5 job and pave your way to financial success through diligent work as a self-employed crusader of sorts.

Or win the lottery.

I’ll put my bets on achieving personal success through hard work over the odds of winning the lottery!  Also, I’m not sure the quality of life would remain anything as enjoyable if a load of money was suddenly bestowed upon one.

What about you? Have you had similar improvements in quality of life when you were your own boss? I would love to hear from anyone who has been self-employed with their own schedule.