So I’ve been working a job since the end of December. Four overnight shifts a week at a nonprofit residential home for people dealing with mental health issues where I hang out in case anything happens. With internet, tv and a full kitchen at my disposal, it’s pretty much like hanging out at home. It’s been about 4 months now and so far there were only two nights where I was actually asked to do anything. And that just consisted of going out and giving some people rides from the hospital to their apartment.
There are two overnight workers on each shift, but we work on separate floors, so it’s essentially 7 1/2 hours of quiet solitude with 15 minute bookends where I socialize a bit with the other employees during shift changes. A few times one of the residents has been up late and wanted to chat, but they’re usually only interested in a three minute conversation before they meander their way back to bed.
If I’d have known jobs like this existed I probably never would have bothered even going down the early retirement road. With work so easy, there wouldn’t be much incentive to. Of course the pay isn’t great, but it’s not bad. And the benefits are pretty spectacular. I really respect the way the organization is run too. – With lots of respect for the population they serve, and they treat their employees with a tremendous amount of dignity. Thanks to improved pharmaceuticals, treatment methods, and rearranged priorities, the residents are able to live pleasant, relatively independent lives, integrated into the local community as much as possible. Whereas fifty years ago these same people would have essentially just been imprisoned in a hospital and medicated into a stupor.
I’m not sure how much longer I’ll stay. I’ve got it in my head that I’d like to quit before my next birthday in November. But that’s just so I’ll be able to brag that I “retired” at 28. But it really depends on how quickly I get the next couple of rental properties setup. I could see staying on board into the following spring. Plus there’s a fighting chance that I may actually take on some paid work as an attorney at some point down the road, essentially making my claim to retirement at 28 too suspect to be worth bragging about.
I mean, it is a pretty great job, but even so, with my passive income streams I just won’t have much use for the money other than to just build the nest egg ever higher. And it would be nice to be on a normal sleep schedule so that I don’t have to leave parties early to go to work, or sleep through the typical daytime social events. For now though, it’s the perfect way to encourage myself to study for an extra 30 hours a week or so.