(Closed) Could you be happy not working if you didn’t HAVE to work?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
3798 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would be happy doing other things with my time. My job is nice, but I don’t feel as though it means anything. I could be doing more meaningful things if I had the abilty to not be here all day.

Post # 4
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’d definitely be happy doing other things. I’d really like to work with horses which is basically volunteer work/a money pit unless you are really good/really lucky.

I’m currently getting to experience a bit of being a “stay at home wife” while looking for a new job in the UK.

After 1 1/2 days of staying at home, I can tell you that I would go INSANE if I didn’t have something else to do. If it takes me a while to find a job, I will need to find something to do with my time while looking. There is only so much laundry I can do.

Post # 5
6065 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I love my work and it fulfills me…but I wouldn’t mind doing freelance work if I lived off of SO’s income alone.

I would always need to fill my time with something productive though.

Post # 6
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010


Post # 7
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I would want to work at least part time…but it certainly wouldn’t be doing the job I do now.

Post # 9
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I want things out of life (e.g. paying kids education, travel, etc.) that make it such I’d want to keep working even if not required. If SO was independently wealthy, absolutely I’d be happy doing other things such as more volunteering than I currently.  But, I might still work part-time.  I don’t like to be bored.

Post # 10
3774 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

I don’t work, and don’t financially need to work.  Yes, I am extremely happy.

Post # 11
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I would be joining you at those classes and volunteer events!! I like my job, but let’s be honest – I’m only here for the income. If I didn’t need it, I would be 100% fine staying home. My husband would like that too bc there is no way I would let him do any of the cooking/cleaning/errands anymore if I were home, it would be a nice improvement for both of us.

But for now I am working and probably always will be. Even if my Darling Husband were to double his salary, I unfortunately make too much to ever stay home – unless we were to have triplets or something.

Post # 12
2190 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We kind of do that right now (although, I got a job and I start in a month) but I’m also a Stay-At-Home Mom. I’m not really happy about it…I love spending time with my son but I feel guilty for not making any money currently. There aren’t too many classes I would take unless it would benefit my career…since Darling Husband is working why should I play and take it easy?

Post # 13
5800 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think I’d lose my mind. If anything Darling Husband would stay home and I’d continue working.

We were both home sick yesterday and making jokes about watching “mommy tv”

Post # 14
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@hilsy85: If you find someone who will pay us to train and groom, let me know! I know it’s long hours and hard work for no pay but I’d love to do it.

Hopefully I find something quickly. I am in a new country and do want to do some exploring, but exploring the city alone doesn’t sound nearly as fun as exploring it with my Darling Husband on the weekends.

There are some upcoming art fairs, so I’ll try to go to some of those just to get out of the house.

Post # 15
1880 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I would definitely enjoy doing other things whether volunteering, hobbies, etc. 

Post # 16
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would have zero problem not working for a paycheck.  I don’t enjoy working and it provides me with no fulfillment.  I have no desires to have a career.

I would be much happier spending my time volunteering, raising children, and working around the house (which is why I intend to be a Stay-At-Home Mom when we have kids).

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