Thank You Everyone!!!

Duckies

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. 🙂

Fight On!

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The Stoic
5 years ago

I’ve been reading your recent posts with quite a bit of interest. I hope you are taking the time to allow yourself to recuperate. FI without health isn’t much to look forward to. I know you have been on the fast track to FI for a few years, but I didn’t realize that it was taking such a physical and mental toll on you though. You may have to adjust your sails a bit and the winds may not carry you quite as quickly to FI as what your current course has allowed, but there is something to be said… Read more »

Dividend Growth Investor

I liked the posts. There are reasons you want to get to be FI, and those reasons are the daily struggles to get to the promised land. If it was easy, everyone would be FI. But it is a good deal to put things in perspective – if you are healthy, you can enjoy life. And if someone unsubscribed, that’s their problem, not yours. You should do what is right for you, not what people expect you to write about. Just a reminder that people read you for you. So keep being yourself. I don’t agree with everything you do,… Read more »

mark
mark
5 years ago

FiFighter, I don’t see why you don’t do what most people do and get a gym membership or a health club pass (shoot, if your company is so good they might even offer this as a benefit). You can “work” on your relationships and your health simultaneously. Don’t have time to goto the gym you say? Go during your lunch break. Don’t have the energy you say? You will once you start working out, your body will develop endurance. I have been meaning to write you for a while. You have been given such a blessing that the majority of… Read more »

mark
mark
5 years ago
Reply to  FI Fighter

Actually I was making assumptions based on science. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. So yes in fact when you do goto the gym and lift your dumbell your body naturally will feel better. You said your doctor’s are not sure how to treat your condition. What condition are you speaking of? Are we talking physical pain or psychological pain. If multiple specialist’s can not diagnose your problem… Read more »

mark
mark
5 years ago
Reply to  FI Fighter

As punishment for tricking the gods, Sisyphus was placed on a hillside in the underworld with a heavy boulder above him. To escape being crushed, he had to push the boulder uphill. The gods told him that if he rolled the stone to the other side they would release him. Each time he reached the top, though, the boulder rolled back down to the bottom, forcing Sisyphus to start over. The phrase “labor of Sisyphus” refers to any hopeless task that must be repeated endlessly. I get that you feel like Sisyphus and clearly your mind has been made. I… Read more »

Big Guy Money
5 years ago

This, for me, is the difficulty in putting yourself out there. Some people don’t want to read about bad things happening, whether they be health issues, stock market crashes, families falling apart, etc., but to me, that’s what is interesting about a blogger. I think I’m more interested in the people behind the FI stories than I am the actual process to FI. I’m not going to opine on what I think you should do. You know yourself and your situation better than anyone. What’s important right now is your health. Once you get that to a position where it’s… Read more »

Eric
5 years ago

A couple months ago I came home very depressed and I told my wife, “Today at work I was standing at a window (I work in a skyscraper), for a fleeting second, how much easier life would be if I just jumped out.”

She was pretty upset, but it drove home the reassurance that living every day at a job is really, truly a fruitless existence and generally a waste of the only life God gave us. We need reminders, every so often, of why its so important to achieve this goal.

Jason
Jason
5 years ago
Reply to  Eric

Hi Eric

You aren’t alone – I have had thoughts like that as well during my journey and I’d be willing to bet that the majority of people who are aggressively pursuing FI can relate.

There’s a steep cost to FI, both mental and physical, but between the graphs, charts and quarterly updates, it’s not often talked about.

No Nonsense Landlord
5 years ago

Always remember, things are not so bad they cannot get worse. You will never have it as bad as someone else, and that someone else deserves the bad times less than you.

Think positive!

Elroy
5 years ago

Balance is the key. Stay with it man. I’ve been through similar ups and downs. But, now I have my family and a j*b that I enjoy enough not to make life miserable [but still look forward to ER] – which has seemed to level me out a bit. I wish you luck.

Paul
Paul
5 years ago

You are in a similar position to me, we both have 5 properties, however your positive cash flow is much better than mine. Are you suffering from stress? Stress does strange things to us, it can transform into other illnesses such as depression, and anxiety etc.
I’m just thankful, I like you am preparing for ER, how some people can comprehend working until 65+ I’ll never know.
Keep up the good work, and exercise really helps, get down the gym and get those endorphins pumping!

Mrs. Frugalwoods
5 years ago

We are all imperfect works in progress :). And I’m glad to hear you’ll be taking time to invest in your health and your relationships–nothing could be more important, in my opinion.

You’re making awesome strides towards FI and it’s inspiring to see how dedicated you are! Take care of yourself and keep us all posted :).