This is another post in my series about FIRE Milestones – the key moments that have shaped our journey to financial independence and retiring early. With the four month mark coming up in our early retirement countdown, I have been pretty good about keeping my plans separate from the office. Only a few people know of my secret plan to escape MegaCorp for a life of relative leisure.
There are less than a handful of people at MegaCorp that are fully “in” on my plan. A colleague that I partner on with all of the political intrigue that happens in our division, one manager on my team that has been a solid confidante over the last few years, a family friend that I don’t see at work too often, and my next door neighbor who works in a completely different part of the company. There are a couple others that know I am up to something, but don’t have the full details and probably couldn’t guess that I’m SO close to my FIRE escape date (4+ months).
A couple of these folks knew about my plan almost as soon as we fixed on a specific date. I’ve tried to keep the discussion out of the office for a number of reasons. I want to make sure I leave on my terms, if something lucrative comes along that might change my mind I want to be able to take advantage of it, and a number of other considerations that I wrote about in my “Giving Formal Notice” Milestone post. I have not shared this blog with any of them, although a few know that I have one and are anxious to get the URL & start reading.
Despite the relative secrecy, it is fun to have a few folks at work to share the countdown with. They have been enthusiastic partners that are fun to daydream about life on the “other side”. All are a little older than I am, so I’m guessing they could all be there in five years if they choose, although some are more committed to their careers than others. One of the fun discussion points is our division leader, who constantly talks about retiring with us, but seems to have no idea that I’m making an earlier exit than he is. He is about 11-12 years older than me (almost 60 years old) and he and his wife are currently designing their retirement home in the South.
Another person on my team is also planning on retiring soon. I’ve shared that I’m “not far behind you” but haven’t gotten into as much detail with them. It’s hard some days not to, when we are out for lunch and he is talking about his plan. He is a lot closer to traditional retirement age than I am, but still looking forward to finishing up a few years early. He is excited to do some travel and is looking forward to a hobby job he has long been interested in.
Who have you / who will you share your early retirement plans with at work?
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