Five years ago, I decided that I had had enough of the corporate chaos and decided to quit my fulltime job to freelance and do things less structured. It lasted almost 6 months before my cobra insurance expired and I was offered a fulltime job with even more corporate chaos: a barely surviving company going through a very public and controversial merger. Who would think that wasn't a good idea?
It was a non-conventional job where I wasn't working 9 to 5, so I could continue to freelance and also have health insurance. I figured I would get laidoff once the merger went through and I would get a severance package; one of my many random goals in life. I've never been paid to not work before and it seemed like it could be fun (I'm young and single, Ramen and peanut butter still has its nutritional merits). Sadly, my work ethic got the better of me and I survived 3 rounds of cuts because I was on the low end of the pay-scale and was efficient at my job. Although I did get laidoff, but it was from one of my freelance gigs when they did cutbacks. Goal achieved, check!!
So on the anniversary of my corporate abandonment, I'm considering an Act 2. How important is health insurance anyway? I've seen the doctor all of maybe 3 times in the last 5 years I've had insurance. I see a chiropractor twice a month, but my insurance doesn't cover that anymore. And soon, the magic Obama care will be in place where I could be insured by the government, right?
I suppose I should win the lottery or be more financially secure to make this decision. I'm off to buy some Powerball tickets.