Time waits for no one, as I’ve learned throughout the years. Well, no more dodging it, the inevitable was bound to happen sooner or later… I’m now 30 years old. Yup, that’s right, my 20’s are now behind me, and I’m entering a new decade in life. How exciting! 🙂
As it so often seems, life just keeps moving along at a blistering pace… Time seems to just fly by in the blink of an eye, and I often find myself struggling to keep up. Early FI definitely gives me something to look forward to, as it provides the only means I know of to slow down time. However, it now looks like early FI will be a bit farther away than I had originally planned for.
Recently, I took on a job offer to continue my career working in high-tech. You could make the argument that I’m chasing dollar signs, trying to secure a better future, etc., but more than anything, I’m pursuing an exciting new challenge in life.
The way I look at it — There’s nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain with this new opportunity. If things don’t pan out like I expect them to, I’ll simply walk away from the job and do something else. As I get closer and closer to achieving early FI (still plan on getting there in the next year while I’m 30), I’m finding myself in a better position to take on these type of “risks”. I’m ok with rocking the boat and upsetting the applecart. It’s also finally ok if I fall flat on my face in my career because I front-loaded everything (investing) during the early stages. In other words, I no longer require an extremely high salary to survive… If I wanted to, I could simply take on a menial job to help me scrape by in the short-term. Long-term, my ace in the hole would be the compounding of my investments, which I would let run wild over the next few decades or so. My wealth garden has already been planted; I just need to give it time to bare fruit.
As I reflect back on my 20’s, I am filled with mixed emotions. On one hand, I take a lot of pride in being smart with my money early on in life, and working extremely hard in my career (it has paid off). On the other hand, I probably took life a little too seriously, and didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have. These days, I’m taking a lot more vacations to make up for lost time. That, and I’m doing a better job of socializing, networking, dating, and just not taking life so seriously anymore. Investing and career take a lot of planning and execution, so by nature, they are a little more rigid. To become more balanced as an individual, I like to mix in social events and trips (like Japan) where it’s a lot more “go with the flow” and unscripted. You would have had me fooled if you told me in advance that I would be singing karaoke with The Kechi One and friends in Shinjuku! Great times, great times! 😉
Anyway, my purpose in life is to keep learning and growing, so that’s what I’m going to keep on doing. I’m far from being a complete product, but with luck, my 30’s will be even more rewarding, fulfilling, and enriching than my 20’s. I look at my 20’s as the building block stage of life… A lot of sweat and labor went on during this time period… Hard work that will hopefully pay off and help setup a more relaxed, and playful future moving forward!
So, bring on 30! I’m not afraid of you! If anything, I’m going to embrace this next chapter in my life. I’m just hitting my stride and entering the prime years of my life!
To bigger and better days! 🙂