The irony of company healthcare is you get it only if you stay healthy enough to not get fired. I don't think a lot of people really think through this. I see it as a better investment to make sure I can have independent income to get health insurance out of a full time job.
Maybe it's that a lot of people can't imagine becoming this sick. But for me it's like, a very normalized part of my life to often need weeks or months off and I pretty much never work full time. I don't think I could hold a full time job right now without really hurting myself.
Like when I broke my ankle last year it took me a good 6-9 months to be able to function without pain. Or for my normal mental health stuff, it's pretty typical that a trigger can put me out unexpectedly for a few days, and if I have a lot of triggers that's easily a few weeks
I don't see this as weird or rare or even a severe thing. I see it as pretty normal. It's not that starting a business is easy, it's that working full time is probably even less stable health-wise for a lot of people, and I find it weird that more people don't understand that.
Many people in my condition end up very poor or homeless, because full time or stable work is simply not a viable option. It's why I support universal basic income. And then I also know many entrepreneurs like me who end up starting businesses as the alternative. A strange binary
This is one of the dangers of "hustle culture"-- it promotes the idea that founders are always working super hard. You can structure your company like that if you want, for sure. But the majority of founders I personally know work much less than full time, even in early stages.
sidenote, this thread is a perfect example of why I give out my instagram and not my twitter for new people I meet 😂 come new person let's go on a multi-tweet journey about my health problems

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