We went to Walt Disney World on Wednesday morning and spent the day at one of our favorite places …. EPCOT Center. Before we left our rented townhouse, I peeked at my daily FaceBook ‘Memories’ which included this unforgettable post from exactly 5 years ago …
The funny this is, I had forgotten it. You would think like a birthday or anniversary, you would remember what day you threw away your perfectly good 27-year career. Yet, I had forgotten about the date completely.
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It was funny to read the comments people had made. Most people only vaguely knew that I had a goal to retire before I was 50. Many work colleagues were caught completely by surprise. These were a few of my favorite comments …
⁃ “Retired? Nice! Congratulations!!”
⁃ “Congratulations – you’ve come a long way and done so much!”
⁃ “Very happy for you. Thanks for setting the standard!”
⁃ “Yes, freedom! EARNED, not granted. I am so happy for you!”
A few people weren’t convinced I would / should stay retired …
⁃ “Congratulations, but I kind of doubt you’re done. My Dad retired 3 times. I think you’re going to be bored, because there’s not enough to do 355 days/year.”
⁃ “I bet you do something in 6 months. Enjoy your break.”
⁃ “Oh my! Time to do something really great now, the world needs you :)”
I reposted the original post today and wrote “Five fantastic years …”. I figured that since people share their work anniversary dates, why not share my FIRE anniversary date? A bunch more comments resulted. Some were from people I didn’t even know 5 years ago …
⁃ “Happy Anniversary❣️I’d never read this before – thanks for taking us along on the journey!!”
⁃ “You have been an inspiration to me.”
⁃ “Still inspired by it… not the whiskey, the freedom 😉”
It’s been fun to think back today and recall the feelings and emotions that came with quitting my job 5 years ago. At the time, I said it was either “the smartest or stupidest” thing I had ever done – only time would tell.
Now, 5 years later, I am proud of what I did and have really enjoyed each and every day in a very special way. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about how unique my situation is and thank my lucky stars that it all came together successfully.
If you are on your journey towards FIRE today – keep getting after it. I know it is an enormous challenge, but you are going to have an amazing new life!
Now, I’m off to play at Walt Disney World again ….!
H A V E A G R E A T W E E K E N D !
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