I have a question for my fellow wise Wieners. Has anyone on this board ever just decided that they needed to start a new life, completely pulled up stakes and gone somewhere far away to start over? A friend of mine is planning to do that, going from Chicago to Vegas in a couple of weeks, and has invited me along for the ride. I just want to see if anyone else has said "fuck it" to everything and just plain left.
Nope. That has always seemed like that would be the easy way out. It seems like sticking around and dealing with what you need to deal with is the more responsible thing to do. Unless of course, you have no responsibilities, then by all means, pull up whatever stakes you have.
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I did that once about 7 years ago after my father died. At the time I had a great job as an auditor traveling all over the country, meals paid for, great pay, etc. After he died I got to thinking about how he decided to give up his chance to go to college and take care of his mother after high school who was ill (his father was a coal miner who died of black lung and my father was the youngest of 13 kids.) After careful thought, deliberation, and budgeting I figured out that my MBA could be finished in 2 terms. So I walked away from a great job and went back to school. Of course I had to move closer to campus but now I am in a great job and happier for making that change.
Some info about Vegas. Amidst all of the flashing lights and ringing bells it is a very difficult place to live. People get swept up in all of the lights and think that they will make it big only to crash hard 6 to 12 months later. Be sure you can handle your responsibilities before you leave and ask yourself why you are going. Really ask yourself deep, thought provoking questions about making such a radical change because you can come back but it will never be the same again. Ask yourself why you are making the jump? Are you running or hiding from something or has your life gone stale and you need the change of pace/lifestyle?
With that said, I am actually interested in buying a condo in Vegas or the surrounding area for a future retirement property. If you or your friend do decide to go please PM me with info about the different areas. I know that North Las Vegas is very rough but the SW area is supposed to be nice. I would love to get some feedback from someone living in Vegas about which areas are nice, up-and-coming, etc. I have already done some preliminary work with zip codes, school districts, incomes, and crime data but firsthand information would be much appreciated.
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Yeah, I have. I was 27 and moved from Boston to Orlando. I had no wife, kids, etc. My job was in serious jeopardy of being cut, so I knew my days there were numbered. (Turns out I was right. My department was basically axed a mere 2 months later) I was only there a year, but I have no regrets at all. My only advice is to make sure your ass is covered financially. I ran into some serious debt while I was looking for a job there. In fact, I'm still paying for it today. (4 years later) So to summarize my sermon, I'd say go for it if you plan properly and have no obligations. You only live once and you will always say "What if?" if you don't.
One option you may have for leaving everything behind is teaching english in a foreign country. If you gots a BA in darn near anything, you can teach engrish in almost any asian country you want. This also means you have everything lined up before you go, which is a good thing.
The questions you have to ask yourself is; "Am I going to be worse off if I do this?" and "Will I always wonder what if, if I don't?"
Will you have to give up something to gain something? Sometimes what you give up is better than what you gain from the experience. However, the experience may make you appreciate what you gave up to reconize it's importance if you should ever come across it again.
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Yup. Left Oklahoma for Hawaii and didn't look back. Pieman's right to some degree, it was the easy way out of a lot of things like ruts I'd spent years digging myself into, and completely forsaking my reputation. But I statred and finished my senior year here and now I can walk to a Waldenbooks rather than an endure a 40 minute drive to one. So I'm good.
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