While I have a hard time powering down completely and putting all work on pause, it feels good to be able to be in different surroundings and still get work done on my own schedule. Case in point, I'm currently writing this while laying on the beach. I've enjoyed these few days of not having to wake up at a specific time, not having any deadlines to meet, and not having a long uncomfortable, unproductive commute.
Instead I'm able to work here in the sun at the beach instead of in an office, I'm still able to get stuff done by writing or making calls during free moments, and able stay connected despite being in a totally different state.
Is this what it means to live the laptop lifestyle?
Is this how it feels to be successful as your own boss in a non traditional profession?
Or, is this just what they call vacation syndrome? The feeling that everything is wonderful while you're away but that doesn't last if it were a permanent change, that there's something more special about a location solely because it's different from your own.
I find myself wondering what it would feel like to have this freedom on a daily basis. Would it actually turn out to be harder and take more effort than reporting to an 8:30 am - 5:00 pm profession? Would I eventually become disenchanted with this too?
In my career I know I can already expect to work hard, put in extra hours, and deal with a lot of pressure. That has been accepted as the norm. But what would I be working so hard for if not for this?
Why is it so scary to break ranks and do something different if the same level of commitment and effort is required?
People always ask "What would you do if money was not an issue?" I wonder why I don't know more people who have worked their way around that issue.