I haven’t worked since the end of November.
I became embroiled in a dispute with my employer after I filed a complaint naming two senior employees.
It took months, but that issue was resolved in my favour. Leaving me unemployed but with adequate resources to start life anew.
In the past few months I have battled severe depression, anxiety, and a fair amount of stress.
3 days after everything was over, I suffered a heart attack.
Just as I was getting to the point where I could return to normal activities, I badly sprained an ankle. So bad that I couldn’t sit for long periods of time without elevating it.
My ankle is almost fine (although its throbbing while I sit here typing this).
So now that I, in my own opinion, am ready to tackle life again, I find myself at an impasse.
I’m trying to decide whether to look for work, or take a serious, honest shot at getting a software company off the ground.
For years I was offered jobs where potential employers would, in the words of one, “treat you like a rock star because you’ll make us tons of money!!”.
While not motivated by money, at age 50 I’m thinking about my future and retiring with no mortgage and “tons of money” sounds very appealing.
But, I’ve lots of ideas for marketable products, and would really like to make a go of starting my own company.
I figure that I can go a far number of months with no income. That will give me enough time to develop a product to the point where I could look for investors, if not out and out have it generating income.
But, there’s always the possibility of failure and ending up with nothing.
On the other hand, if I went back to working for someone else, that money could go towards needed things for the house, and wanted things…like my dream vacation to St. Petersburgh Russia and a multi-day tour of The Hermitage Museum.
I’m coming out of a week long heavy depression, so this issue is taking more brain power than I have on hand.
Anyone have any thoughts they’d like to share?