Originally Posted by James S
If you're realistic about your expectations and their associated costs and figure you can do it now then go for it.
I am 100% behind this statement, I fully subscribe to this view, even though = perhaps, because I did it the other way round. But ...
... But today I am looking at things from the other end - from the shore of someone who did it nomatterwhat. And, exactly, what?
And now I am 40+ and there is this indefinite stretch of life that could be used so well - towards others', and mine, good. But I am stuck - because I lived when I heard the call. And now the other things are nor even half-life: they are no good enough!
So, there is no rule
. I say: if things look as if you could make it when financial, social and emotional risks are mitigated, then do it this way. It may be THE way, for most of us. But if you are in the heat, then do it now, then pay the consequences.
Truly, I think to some of us (me inclusive) there is no choice: you hear the call, you are suffocating in your cubicle. Then you cast your lines, take whatever small baggage you have with you and you sail off towards the whatever-tomorrow-brings. To others, those with more cool and more brains than itch, stay put, aim well, save, secure, retire, then go.
To each their own ...
"IF you're realistic about your expectations and their associated costs and figure you can do it now then go for it."
Actually, there is no IF. It is like when you are hard pressed. It is like when you fall in love - it may be the wrong person - and so what.
James S, by my standards, got it is bang on.