As I remain focused on my goal to save money, invest it safely, and “retire” early. I often come across people who have unwavering opinions about the whole financial independence and early retirement mindset.
I don’t need to go into the idea of the Retirement Police. Mr. Money Mustache has already covered that. Early retirement to me, is really, more accurately financial independence: a level of wealth that allows me not to HAVE to work. Of course, if I want to work, that’s perfectly ok (and will probably make the work that much more enjoyable).
But today, I’m focusing on what I will do after I’m financially independent. I will likely quit my job. And then what?
I have heard people say that they would be so bored without a job. I’ve heard people say that they would be happy traveling their entire lives and not doing a single piece of work the rest of their lives.
You know what I say?
I have no *$!#ing idea! I have never in my life (not once!) been financially independent. I can GUESS at how I will react, at what lifestyle choices will make me happy, but really, I have no clue.
Maybe I will become a master at meditation and laying around on the beach all day with my thoughts WILL be satisfying. Maybe I will want to raise a family and that process is completely fulfilling to me. Maybe I will miss going into the office (unlikely, but who knows) and will want to find a new job. Maybe I will spend time on money-making projects, not because I need the money, but because that’s what interests me. Maybe traveling the world will be enough. Maybe I will want to volunteer with more of my time. I simply don’t know. And I don’t NEED to know.
My plan is to quit my job and give myself the space and time to figure it out! The reason I am chasing after financial independence is because I want the freedom and the choice to figure out how I want to carefully craft my life. I don’t need to get it exactly right on day 1. I get to experiment! I get to find out what makes me happiest. What an amazing opportunity that will be.
For those of you pursuing financial independence, I would encourage you to stay open to all options as well. You don’t need all the answers now. When quitting day comes, you will have time and freedom to figure it all out.
And like I said earlier. I have IDEAS about what will make me happy, but those ideas are absolutely subject to change. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
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