My wife and i are in our mid 40’s, we have spent our entire life working and it seems like we work just so we can go to work. We have spent the last 18 years working at thankless jobs that don’t give us any feeling of satisfaction (we have both been at the same job for the entire 18 years). We paid all of our debt down to nothing more than a house payment of $ 500 (plus your normal utilities). We have 3 cars, all paid off, NO credit card debt of any kind and NO loans of any kind other than the mortgage we mentioned. We make good money but have no life to speak of…we do NOT drink, smoke or do drugs of any kind, we do NOT go out and party…we just work. We have gotten to a point in our lives where we just want to live a little…some people say were just having a mid-life crisis…we don’t know what to think. We have credit scores well above 820. We have saved over $ 170,000.00 and were thinking about quitting our jobs and retiring for 1 year, just so we can travel and vacation and enjoy our lives before were too old to do so. We have NO kids either. We have great work ethics and good backgrounds in everything from basic office work to upper management. Were assuming we’ll be able to find work when we come back from our mini retirement. Please think carefully about your answer and let us know your age and what you think we should do. We read the poem below and its really making us wonder what to do:
First I was dying to finish my high school and start college
And then i was dying to finish college and start working
Then I was dying to get married and have children
And then I was dying for my children to grow old enough so I could go back to work
But then I was dying to retire
And now I’m just dying….and I realised I forgot to live.
Thanks for your time.
This additional info is for the person named “Peace” who answered our question: The jobs were at are not jobs we would ever want to return to. Even if we dont quit for a year, we would definitely like to do something different for a living than what were doing now. We just dont want to leave these jobs and go directly into other jobs without taking some time for “us”. We know we need time for us and just us, were just not sure how to go about it, when to do it and where to go while we do it…and thats if we “should” do it.