On a recent sunny day, I was picking up a friend at my former MegaCorp headquarters building to go out for lunch. I was pulled up in front of the visitor entrance in my sporty, summer car with the top down.
I must have looked pretty relaxed sitting in the convertible when a woman – who looked like she worked there – walked over and joked, “Just curious – could I have your job description, because I want YOUR job?!”
I simply smiled and said I used to work at MegaCorp but now I’m a full-time goof-off. She looked at me with surprise and headed into the building with a smirk and a thumbs-up. It was probably the funniest reaction I’ve ever had to my early retirement lifestyle in the last two-and-a-half years.
Afterward, I was interested in the funniest reactions that other people had gotten in response to their FIRE lifestyle, so I queried the crowd in the forums on early-retirement.org and Reddit. Here are some of the funnier reactions people have gotten:
“But you are too young to retire! What will you do when you get old?”
“I’d rather have fun with my money than save it for retirement”
“Well, you must be getting help from your family then.”
“That’s nice, but what will you do all day?”
“It’s funny how everyone wants to spend a million, but no one wants to save a million.”
“Be careful because Wall Street fees will eat up all of your investments”
“I can’t retire because I live paycheck-to-paycheck and still like to splurge sometimes.”
“You’re doing well in life, how can I be you? … because I’m tired of being me!”
“Do you have a reverse mortgage? Should I get one of those?”
“Retired? Who would have ever hired YOU in the first place?” 🙂
“If you aren’t 65, how can you possibly retire before Social Security allows it?”
“Are you single?”
These are a few of the most interesting comments people shared. There is a negative pathos in some and others make you concerned about people’s financial literacy.
What’s the funniest reaction that you have ever had about retirement?
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