Since todays is St. Valentine’s Day, I thought I would reflect a bit on the most valuable asset in our FIRE portfolio: our marriage. We’ve been married for over 30 years, after meeting 5 years earlier in college.
Experts say strong relationships are a primary driver of lifetime happiness and one’s marriage is obviously the most important relationship that most people have. Retirement – early or otherwise – can test the strength of one’s marriage as you might suddenly have “half the money and twice the spouse”. 😉
While we have been fortunate to ‘click’ so well, we have quite a few friends that have split up over the years. Beyond the emotional toll that splitting up can cause, we’ve also seen how it can take a huge financial toll on both sides. It can be tough to see.
Still, we’ve been fortunate to avoid that. We have made a good jump to retired life – doing more things together, while also maintaining our own day-to-day interests.
I would say in many ways our 6 years of retired life feel a lot like the relaxed and fun times we had in college. When we were in college we had time to hang out, talk about life, take walks, and do things together. Those were some of the funnest times we’ve had together – and so are these!
Happy Valentines Day! I hope you are enjoying the sweet returns of a loving relationship as much as we are.
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