I haven’t been feeling especially well lately, and needed to take a week off from work to relax and decompress. The journey to early financial independence isn’t without struggle, and good health is something that I’ve been battling with as of late.
I guess the path to early FI couldn’t just be all sunshine and roses, after all… But that’s just LIFE for you. It will kick you in the face sometimes… There will always be good and bad, highs and lows…
So, there’s really nothing for me to dwell over. This is just another challenge that I will have to figure out how to solve. My next obstacle in life.
Which brings me to the following quote, which is one of my favorites:
“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world, simply a comparison of the two states. Only a person who has felt ultimate despair is capable of experiencing the heights of felicity. It is necessary to have wished for death to know how good it is to live.” –Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo.
Just like with wealth building, my daily struggles are a constant reminder of how precious life really is… Being able to walk, see clearly, breathe in fresh air, etc. are things that we should never take for granted.
Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed to anyone, so appreciate what you have. I’m doing my best to do that now.
With that said, I really want to take the time out and thank everyone for all their support and encouragement! It’s been a pretty rough week, but everything has been made infinitely better by all the outpouring of love and kindness. From comments, to e-mails, to even a phone call… these were all very thoughtful gestures that I appreciate more than words can describe. Truly incredible stuff… and I am most humbled by it all.
Yes, I did lose a few readers because of these most recent drab (depressing) posts… and I was seriously debating whether or not to even share all this on the blog… But just like with my finances, if this even helps out a SINGLE person, it will have been worth it… I gotta tell it like it is.
Sometimes we push ourselves too hard and the body breaks down. It happened to me. And now I need to figure out a way to get well again. If you’re going through something similar, perhaps it’s also time for you to slow things down and take care of your health. Don’t be so stubborn that you reach a point of no return!
Anyway, the journey to early FI involves more than just wealth. Yes, building wealth is a huge component to it all, but it isn’t the whole story. I’ve spent the last three years primarily focused on $$$, but my priorities are shifting… as well they should.
Interestingly enough, I came across this article this morning which is further motivating me to leave behind a job (lifestyle) that no longer brings me any real joy or fulfillment:
Her experiment in yes was the second great life change for Cooper, a striking blonde with a year-round tan, who used to work in corporate America for a shoe giant based in Connecticut. At age 27 she even won an Executive of the Year award.
“I woke up the next day and I was miserable and I realized my whole life was work. Everything,” Cooper said. “Right then and there, I decided to quit. I decided I would live the life I only thought I would have once I was retired.“
So what does it mean to be a millionaire in flip flops?
“Instead of chasing the millions I wanted to live a life that most millionaires would love to be living,” Cooper said. “For me, it was always about following the passion instead of the money. If you do that then the money will come.“
Yes, I’ve mentioned that the new job is exciting… relatively speaking. But by no means is it something that I would be volunteering to do if I was already financially independent. Now that I’ve gotten close enough (within striking distance) of early FI, I will most likely walk away from corporate for good sometime in 2015.
It’s long overdue for a paradigm shift. Through the course of this year and into the future, my goals will be to work on health and relationships. Early FI with bad health and no one to share it with doesn’t sound like much fun, does it?
As always, this blog and myself are a work in progress… Such is life. 🙂