You might think of being job-free as a great way to evade responsibility.
Maybe for some people. For the rest of us, I think it brings us face to face with the things we really need to do (assuming they weren’t in the jobs we left).
Having no job means not having the excuse of “I don’t have time to do what I’m really supposed to/want to do.”
It’s a frightening and thrilling thought: I have the time and freedom to do anything I want. And if I fail to do what I really want to do, I can’t fall back on the excuse of not having enough time, or rely on the second-place prize of a stable job.
I could choose to focus on the self-judgment side of this: I probably will fail in some ways, and I probably will loathe myself for it. But I can also choose to accept the challenge of responsibility positively.
I really can do anything I want now. If I want to disappear into the mountains for five days, I can. If I want to visit family for a couple of weeks, I can. If I want to drive up and down the eastern seaboard, I can.
If I don’t do those things, it will be because I chose not to use my time in that way.
Of course, this is also true for anyone with a job. Even in a career there is responsibility and choice. But now that I’ve left off doing the same thing every day (and having someone who expects me to be somewhere) it’s easier to see my responsibility for the shape and outcome of my life.