Forgive me if I am not in the right place to post this, I am new to posting on "Forums" or message boards. I am a 45 year old man, who may soon be unemployed and am trying to figure out what to do with the second half of my life. Mid-life crisis, much? I know. I have a good paying job, make pretty good money and got into my field by accident. I started as an EA with a large accounting/consulting firm and worked my way up the ladder over the last 17 years to become the manager I am today. I did all of this without having an undergraduate degree. I surprised even myself with that one. The thing is, I think I am burned out with what I am doing; that and I don't really trust my superiors any longer. My job takes up 45 to 65 hours a week of my life, and has for nearly two decades. Enough is enough. So, I am considering taking a "Leap of Faith", as my partner calls it and quitting my job and going to school full time. I know myself, I'm easily distracted and will not be able to properly focus on school work, if I am worried about my job.
Here's the rub - how do I do this and will I be able to survive without an income. I have debt that I have to pay off, consolidation loans, etc. I rent an apt (that dream of home ownership still alludes me), have your typical utilities and so on and so forth. If I leave my job, I'll have enough to keep us afloat for several months, but then, it's gone. My partner does not currently work, is 51 and supports me completely in my decision. Which is wonderful and terrifying at the same time. He is very supportive and my biggest cheerleader - always looks on the bright side. But, will he get a job...can he get a job? He is capable, but is he driven? My heart says yes, brain says no.
So, my dilemma is do I do this or not. I am not a religious person, but I am spiritual enough that I have prayed hard and continuously for months about this very thing. Do I do this? Am I fooling myself at this age to go back to school? Can it be done and we both live, yes tighter, leaner, but live. So, I'm putting all my thoughts out to a random group of people that may or may not read this, in the hopes of getting true, maybe comforting, feedback.
What to do, what to do...Thanks for listening.