We are still 6+ months from our planned early retirement date and I have to report that time is moving a bit slowly. I thought when I was within one year of my secret plan to escape Megacorp for a life of FIRE (financial independence & retiring early), that things would start to feel accelerated, but that hasn’t really been the case.
One of the factors that I thought would make this final year move fast was the idea that I would be doing certain things for the ‘last time’ as I moved through each of the last 12 months.
I guess in retrospect, you only wax nostalgic about things you will truly miss. But in reality, corporate budgets, management presentations, and HR planning are not activities I really enjoy that much. In fact, when I take a step back, I’m surprised at how relatively inconsequential most of the time I spend in meetings is – especially in the context of what an independent life of FIRE offers outside of work.
Many days at the office I am reminded of the saying “Bored in retirement? Sometimes, but not as bored as I was at the office.” Or, “When I’ve been bored in the past, I never thought ‘I should go to work'”. All in all, I guess it’s a sign that I will probably be better acclimated post-work than I might have thought.
What I will surely miss is having time in meetings and chatting with others about the day’s news or events. We have a couple of team meetings each week where we regularly wrap up the work discussion early and talk about sports, politics, kids and other news. It’s fun to have a little extra time to chat, and I notice most people enjoy the time to think beyond the walls of Megacorp. We’ve also been going out to lunch with increasing frequency. Getting out of the office and trying out some local greasy spoons. Good fun.
Now that fall is here, I am still expecting some acceleration in the passing of time. With my son starting his senior year of high school, our life is busy with activities and events almost every night and weekend. The 90-day stretch from 9/25 (my son’s birthday) this Friday, through Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas on 12/25 always seems to move quickly. This is a time of year it seems like there is never enough time to do the things we truly relish and lead me to say we should never wish our time away to get to the next thing.
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” Henry David Thoreau
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