It’s hard to think about financial independence and retiring early separate from the concept of AGE. I’ve been early retired for a year now and I get the questions constantly: How old are you? You look too young to be retired? What will you do for the rest of your life?
I retired two weeks short of my fiftieth birthday last year, and TODAY – April 14th – is my 51st birthday. Two years ago – back when this blog was only a few months old and readers were measured in the dozens, rather than thousands – I spent my last birthday in the office. I wanted to take the day off, but we had an all-day strategic planning meeting scheduled with our EVP.
It was a typically ridiculous MegaCorp day and I sat in the back of the room and savored the silliness of it all, recording the nonsense for posterity in this post: “FIRE Milestone: Last Birthday in the Office”. When I look back on that day now I am so happy I can enjoy each and every day now as if it is my birthday. Nothing stops me from living life with celebratory zest and a devil-may-care freedom.
How many more birthdays will you spend on the job?
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