A woman by the name of Yvonne Eisenring quit her job, left her apartment behind, and set out on a journey to find love. She took a year off, traveled to 12 different countries, went on 50 dates, and now is writing a book about her experience.
In an interview with Vice, Eisenring explained that she'd been in the workforce since she was 20 years old, and at 27 realized she hadn't been in love in a long time. When she thought about why, she came to the conclusion that the amount of time she spent at work might have something to do with it. So she decided to experiment by taking a year off to focus on her love life.
"I wanted to see if falling in love is more likely to happen when you have free time and no responsibilities," she said. "Some friends thought it was a brave thing to do; others worried that I was gambling with my career."
Skeptical? I was too, but then Eisenberg started talking about what she learned from the experiment, and it actually doesn't seem that crazy. Here's what she said:
The most important thing I learned was that it's worth it to take the risk and focus on your private life. Some people are afraid of losing control or getting hurt. Falling in love shakes you up. It's strange that people will put so much effort into their careers but don't want to invest anything in love.
I mean, she kind of has a point, right? Sure, leaving your job and financial stability behind for a whole year to go on a bunch of dates seems a little nuts and probably isn't for everyone. (Especially those of us who definitely could not afford to be jobless for a year.) But, hey. Maybe it works for some people. A 401K can't buy you love, my friends.
You can read Vice's full interview with Eisenberg here.