Hunter's recent career change from a "white collar" profession to a "blue collar" job has understandably provoked varied responses. There are those who don't understand why someone would leave what is considered a respectable career for one in an industry not usually considered prestigious. There are others who commend him for pursing a childhood dream. As for my opinion...well, it depends on the day.
The truth is that this has been a difficult transition. For the first time in over seven years my husband and I are not employed by the same company. Keep in mind that we've only been married for (almost) four years, so we've been working together for quite a while! I am used to being around him. I'm used to having him there. It's comfortable, and it's safe. I prefer it this way. He prefers it this way, too.
So why would we change this? Why would a rational, mature adult choose a blue collar job over a white collar job? Why would two people who are accustomed to being together all the time decide to do something that keeps them apart for days or weeks at a time?
Well, let me tell you why. He's following his heart. And when all is said and done, is there anything more important than that? I say no. Absolutely not.
Especially when it gets us closer to our goal of travelling full-time. Which is the true goal for us. You see, someday in the not-too-distant future, I plan to hop into the cab of Hunter's truck and become a professional road-tripper.
As you can see, there is some definite method to our madness. :)
P.S. There is a really well-written article here about the compelling nature of hands-on, blue-collar type jobs and why we shouldn't discount the workers who choose these careers. The author has a Ph.D. in political philosophy and runs a small business as a motorcycle mechanic.