That phrase means retirement for some people. Let’s suppose you were going to retire tomorrow (what a scary thought). Would you be happy knowing you were relieved of duty? If you believe you would be overjoyed to be relieved of duty, find another job and opportunity.
Some people don’t retire from their jobs. You may have seen the same 80-year-old cashier a couple of times. Some may say the 80-year-old is just trying to make enough money to keep his/her home. However, if an 80-year-old is still the cashier, that 80-year-old enjoys the job. The thought of being relieved of duty would frighten that 80-year-old.
The 80-year-old wouldn’t feel any relief from being relieved of duty. If you were relieved of duty tomorrow, would you feel relieved? Putting the salary aside, would you feel relieved if you were relieved of duty? Charlie Manuel was relieved of duty as the manager of the Phillies. He’s turning 70 in January. Does he feel relieved? Probably not.
The question isn’t when you will be relieved of duty or what you would do instead. The question is whether or not you would actually be relieved if you were relieved of duty (fired) tomorrow. Would you be relieved or disappointed? Put the salary aside when you answer this question. Payday is not as important as doing what you love.