I'm 24, fresh out of college, and I just quit my 54k/yr corporate software development job. I'm halfway through paying off a new '05 car, which, I've decided to sell. It just dawned on me one day at work...what the hell am I doing??? The old, 'working to drive, and driving to work' deal, thats what. I've decided to kill two birds with one stone by both quitting a job I don't like, and selling a car which I don't want to pay for. I don't even have a backup plan yet! However I've got some bank saved up to figure out what I really want to do, and I have no student loans. I figure this is a turning point in my life, and if there is a time to do something like this, its now. I have no debt, no kids, and I'm not married. I don't know if this is some kind of "screw the man" phase, but I like it. The funny thing was, when I bought the new car, I drove it for a few months, then tried to sell it. Having never had any debt before (thanks Dad), I got kind of freaked out at the prospect of making car payments. However, social conditioning got the better of me, and I decided to keep it. I justified this, by convincing myself that since I could afford the payments, why not? Looking back though, there were some subconcious motivators involved - 1) everyone else out of school was doing it and 2) you NEED a car. How else will you get around? Now, I've realized that it doesn't have to be this way! Life doesn't have to be so complicated. Add the recent switch to a vegan diet and long hair - I think I'm truly a hippy at heart. I feel much better anyway.
I just bought an '05 c-dale t800 from the LBS, and I'm planning a ride from Cincinnati to Athens, OH this fall, and possibly St. Louis next year. I will also be using it to commute around town. This forum has totally inspired me, thanks guys!