2019.08.05, 15:33

Submitted by sonniesedge on Mon, 08/05/2019 - 15:33

Do any of you tech folk ever think about just quitting tech altogether? Opening a bakery, or retraining as a park ranger? I'd love to look after a forest for a living. There would be a far lower chance of a guy being in the forest and starting an argument due to his insecurities.


Submitted by Ivan De Marino (not verified) on Mon, 08/05/2019 - 17:32



If cooking well at scale wasn't hard, I would have most likely opened a little eatery, open only at lunch time, with no menu but what I fancy cooking that day, and the food would be heavenly.

I would call it "Pappa". And there would be no space for jerks.

Submitted by ᴊᴏᴇ (not verified) on Mon, 08/05/2019 - 18:34


It's a running joke here. We open up cabinporn.com and dream of escaping to a simple life.

But seriously, getting healthy outdoor/creative hobbies helped me a lot. Its easy to fall out of love with tech if you don't have something wholesome to balance it with

Submitted by Kody (not verified) on Mon, 08/05/2019 - 18:47


If I had a dollar for every time I said I was buying a one way plane ticket to Greenland to live my life as an isolated sheep herder...

Submitted by Monica Lent (not verified) on Mon, 08/05/2019 - 19:05


YES. Most recently on safari, it would be so exciting to be a safari guide except I'd have to learn how to shoot a rifle 🤔

Submitted by Charlie (not verified) on Mon, 08/05/2019 - 19:43


I enjoy the essence of what I do.
I wish that I had the economic freedom to do it in a greater variety of places.
I'd also have to persuade businesses/charities/institutions that they even wanted my skills at all.

Submitted by Rob Jones 🇪🇺 (not verified) on Mon, 08/05/2019 - 20:09


I think about this every day.

The only thing stopping me jacking it in and doing something else is that I have a mortgage to pay.

Submitted by Branden Miller (not verified) on Mon, 08/05/2019 - 21:17


All the time. I have gone so far as to go thru selection for KY Wildlife Resource Officer. Unfortunately, the pay cut is too steep.

Submitted by Robbie Ferguson (not verified) on Mon, 08/05/2019 - 22:04


This is my view right now. The key to anything is balance. Escape now and again. Get away from it for a few days as regularly as you can. This is how I keep sane in a fast-paced, busy tech job, and how I can still say I love my career.

Submitted by Judy ★ Hitler (not verified) on Mon, 08/05/2019 - 22:19


I quit IT 10 years ago and am now a professional mountain biker. Glad I don’t have to work with IT aresholes anymore. 🤔

Submitted by Steven Hoober (not verified) on Mon, 08/05/2019 - 23:17


Yeah, but I know that the connected world and bureaucracy is everywhere so e.g. park ranger is a lot of paperwork and stupid policy so why bother with the change?

Submitted by Prem Rose (not verified) on Mon, 08/05/2019 - 23:21


Remote work and freelancing allow a degree of freedom and let you be anywhere in the world where there's an internet connection. I moved to the Portuguese countryside some time ago and haven't looked back.
Living with nature is a precious counterbalance for working with tech.

Submitted by Andy Esser (not verified) on Mon, 08/05/2019 - 23:34


I do occasionally think I should Jack it all in. Move to a small farm further in the welsh countryside with no internet and no phone and have a much more enjoyable life

Submitted by Ted Kusio (not verified) on Tue, 08/06/2019 - 00:10


I'd wanna be an artist if some kind, something solitary like a painter, composer, or novelist. Or maybe a carpenter, making wood jokes to my lathe...

Sadly, I bet there'd still be insecure doofuses vomiting in my fantasy. :/

Submitted by Jake Servaty (not verified) on Mon, 08/05/2019 - 23:58


Ironically, my father-in-law (who sold his tech company recently) said that if he could go back he'd be a park ranger.

Submitted by Clare Hegg (not verified) on Tue, 08/06/2019 - 00:32


YES! I go through at least four moments a week where I think, “I could have been a ((insert literally anything else here)).” I recently researched the years/cost to retrain to become a doctor, only to realise that’s a lot of time/money— only for there to be assholes there, too.

Submitted by Emi Ning (not verified) on Tue, 08/06/2019 - 01:23


Super cliche. Books and coffee for introverts - a cafe full of cosy pods for peeps to tune out the world. And trap doors. And escape hatches.

Submitted by Cat Ashton Ryan (not verified) on Tue, 08/06/2019 - 01:40


One of our clients had a business partner that went off to bake bread in his back yard.. he now runs a successful village bakery near Cambridge.

Submitted by Jeff Solin (not verified) on Tue, 08/06/2019 - 02:18


It’s not technically “altogether” but I quit industry as a software engineer to become a HS computer science teacher, lost 70% of my pay in the move, have been teaching for 18 years now, and have never looked back with even an iota of regret.

Submitted by Ian Pride (not verified) on Tue, 08/06/2019 - 02:02


This assumes every tech does it for $. Been a tech well over 20 years and haven't made $ doing it for 10. I love to code for fun. I love to help people who can barely afford the internet to fix their computers.

Submitted by Frank M. Taylor (not verified) on Tue, 08/06/2019 - 02:22


Guy here.

I often dream of retiring as a woodworker, building furniture for a living. For the same reasons.

Make you a deal: you look after the forest. I'll cut down a tree to make furniture, you help me plant two.

By the time we're dead we've got a legacy. Deal?

Submitted by Sam Caldwell (not verified) on Tue, 08/06/2019 - 03:01


I think about it every day. I would go back to metal fabrication or welding. Working in an industry where whiny bullshit isn’t tolerated and the thing that matters is your ability to work and get shit done.

Submitted by sanjaypillai (not verified) on Tue, 08/06/2019 - 03:40


Still trying to figure out how...when I took a few months off, it was magical not to deal with imposter syndrome every day all the time.

Submitted by Michael Vezzani (not verified) on Tue, 08/06/2019 - 03:29


I'm in the middle of this right now. My dream is impractical, but I'd like to have a small farm with an on-site store where I'm able to sell both fresh produce as well as sourdough baked goods. And there would be a small part of the store dedicated to selling carpentry projects.

Submitted by Alex Svanevik (not verified) on Tue, 08/06/2019 - 04:00


Middle-ground: occasional remote contracting while living in a lower cost location. Spend 80% of your time doing whatever you want.

Submitted by periareion (not verified) on Tue, 08/06/2019 - 04:13


I dream, DREAM of buying an old monastery in Nazareth, Kentucky with all my friends, and opening a fromagerie called "Cheeses of Nazareth."

Peace Brie With You.

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