The Joey Del Experience: The Good Life or Homeless?
Posted at 11:57 2009-04-11
Well I felt a bit like that the day I went into my work, the place that had given me a steady cash stream for the last few years, and told my boss that I was leaving. He asked me if I had another job, I didn’t. He asked me what I was going to do, I didn’t know. All I knew was that I had to get out of my job, out of my life.
I must admit that it was starting to feel like a bad idea. I had just thrown all of my security away and had dove into unemployment head first at a time when every news service in the world tells us about how much doom and gloom there is out there. But I decided that I needed to get my life back. Something had snapped I was sick of living life my life the way I was supposed to. You know, the whole get a job, work hard, buy a home, have a family, die... the whole concept was nauseating to think about so I decided to quit and find myself a little bit of me time.
So who am I, well I am JoeyDel, not the name on my birth certificate but it is what my friends call me so we will go with that. I am 25, I live in Sydney I have a good family and an awesome girlfriend. I used to have a good job; I was making ok money selling food to supermarkets. If you look at the basic lifestyle that everyone tells you to live I should have been really happy. However I was miserable. I had been miserable for some time; I don’t know what it was about that particular day that made me snap but I did so there I was unemployed knowing that I want a change. I didn’t want to work a boring 9-5 job anymore and be like everyone else. I wanted to be me and live my own life.
I knew I wanted to play poker full time, I mean who doesn’t right? I always see these online tourney grinders and just live completely jealous of them. I mean these guys are basically super human ballas and I am just me right? I could never be like that. Then I started thinking, why couldn’t I? What is the difference between them and me? I surely could do anything they can do! Now I realise the fact that these guys can probably all play poker a lot better than me. But I will put in the effort. Is that enough? I don’t know. But I want to find out.
I figure that I have just about enough money saved up to live for 6 months, which means I really need to get good at this game and start winning tournaments quickly! Otherwise I will have to do the inevitable... go and find another job. I also have just signed on to host the PokerNetwork Radio show. This is a new concept where I will be talking about all the poker news from the online world as well as live tournaments in Australia and around the rest of the world. It should be a lot of fun so check it out (starts April 15th)! So whilst this will give me a little bit of money for day to day living I will really need to have both of these projects go very well for me to be able to live the impossible dream. Throw away full time work for good and live my life on my terms.
I’ll provide regular updates so that you will be able to follow my progress right here as we find out whether I am taking steps towards my dream of living the balla life or heading straight towards the welfare line! Hopefully I am headed towards the good life but if not I would appreciate it if you threw me an old sandwich or something when you see me on the side of the road in a year’s time!
Until next week good luck in whatever it is you do!
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