Every four years is a ‘quadrennium’. I’m not sure if there is something special about a four year cycle, but universities, leap years, Olympics, Presidential elections, and many other things are set up on the cycle of a quadrennium. Unlike Picasso, I can’t imagine learning to paint like Raphael in just four years, but I guess a lot can be accomplished.
This week is special for me because 4 years ago it started the sequence of events that led to our early retirement. I was waiting for a spring date to make my resignation announcement after the bonuses were paid out, but learned that one didn’t need to be ‘present to win’ under MegaCorp’s bonus scheme.
My friend & colleague Russ had discovered that our bonuses had already been accrued and came into my office and quit himself four years ago this week. That triggered an early exit for me – just a week later. It was like getting an unexpected and immediate ‘Get Out Of Jail Card’.
Here’s the post I wrote at that time: Up, Up and Away to Early Retirement. It’s fun for me to go back and read the enthusiasm with which I wrote it. I checked with my friend Russ yesterday afternoon and he summed it up well: it was “One of the greatest days ever at work. So glad to be done with that part of life and enjoying this part.”
I am certainly enjoying my 4 years of freedom, autonomy, and independence as well. It’s been arguably the best quadrennium I can remember. Looking forward to many more years of goofing off!
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