One year ago (6/29/16), this finally happened…
The culmination of a lot of: hard work, sweat, blood, tears, luck, persistence, determination, more luck, and a whole lot more…
Back in late 2011, I set a goal for myself to pursue a different kind of lifestyle… I didn’t want to be “one like the rest”…
Comfort. Conformity. Complacency.
No, I didn’t want that kind of life… I wanted to march to the beat of my own drum and try something else…
Everyone knows that time is precious and that we’ve only got one crack at life with no chance of rewinding the tape to attempt a do-over…
So, over the years I’ve learned to stop paying attention to what everyone else around me was doing. I tried very hard to tune out the noise and figure out what was important to me…
Before I quit my job, I asked myself, “If this was your last day on earth, would you leave it with lots of regret or would you be happy and fully content with how everything has played out so far in your life?”
One year ago, I would have felt (and answered):
Unsatisfied. Empty. Incomplete.
Although in society’s eyes I was pretty successful (working a white collar job that paid six figures plus; employed by a world class fruit company; had a distinguished job title and was performing “meaningful work”), in reality I felt trapped beyond belief… like I was living in a cage/bubble/prison.
Again, I had to figure out what I wanted…
Forget what anyone else thinks… It doesn’t matter (at all).
What do YOU think, deep down inside?
And anytime I did any kind of meaningful reflection, I knew that I wasn’t genuinely happy with my life… I felt deprived/uneducated/unfulfilled in so many ways.
I wanted more out of life…
I longed to:
Travel. Explore. Grow.
In the span of the last year, I’ve visited (and lived in) the following places:
- Hong Kong
- Japan (Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Kobe)
- Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Vung Tau, Da Nang, Hoi An)
- Philippines (Cebu, Panglao Island)
- Bay Area
- Puerto Rico (San Juan)
- Dominican Republic (Punta Cana)
And I’ve only started to scratch the surface…
I’m typing this to you all from Austin, TX.
Here’s proof (the pic below was taken at the most popular and recommended bbq joint for brisket in town)!
Over time, my goal in life is to become multinational… I don’t want to look at life through the eyes of someone who only has familiarity and experience with a SINGLE isolated region of the world.
Today, I’m very grateful and it means the world to me to have friends scattered all across the globe.
It’s like, depending on which country I’m in at any given moment in time, I’m forced to adapt and fit in to everyone else…
I’m the outlier. It’s on me to learn the local customs and norms. It’s me who must adapt.
I kind of enjoy that challenge…
Life no longer feels:
Stagnant. Mundane. Uneventful.
You’re somewhat coerced into developing multiple personas… Become multi-faceted. It’s kind of neat.
And bottom line, that’s what early FI is all about.
Doing what you want on your own terms. Seeking adventure. Chasing happiness.
Finding your own meaning of life.
Life is too short.
Screw all the haters out there…
And Fight On!