In the last post, I touched on the subject of health and how important it is for us to always keep that in mind. It’s easy to get consumed with wealth building while on the journey to early FI, so sometimes we need to take a step back for the greater good.
After all, what good is money or wealth if you don’t have the health to enjoy it? This is Year 4 for me, and I confess that I am tired of running.
I left work early yesterday, and didn’t make it in the office today. I won’t be in tomorrow either. Or the following day… Actually, my plans are to take the rest of the week off and let my body rest up. I’m not too certain what will happen because of my actions, but whatever the consequences, I’m willing to accept it.
For certain, I won’t be running in 2015. No, those days are behind me for good. At best, I will walk at a casual pace, always remembering to take breaks often and in-between. Unpaid days off are something I will fight for as often as possible. 🙂
There’s simply no need for me to jeopardize my health any longer! Yes, I have a great job that pays well, so it would be somewhat hasty of me to just walk in and resign tomorrow. But health must come first from now on. Walking away is something that’s always going to be an option on the table as far as I’m concerned…
As I’ve mentioned before, my plans are to use 2015 to help me build up a larger cash buffer prior to checking out of corporate for good. But even if the high-tech salary came to a screeching halt tomorrow, I believe I ought to be resourceful enough to find something (part-time perhaps) to help fill in any income gaps.
Anyway, I’ll learn more in the upcoming weeks and be sure to fill in everyone with any news.
Beauty in Simplicity
I discovered the concept of early retirement (financial independence) when I stumbled upon the Early Retirement Extreme blog back in late 2011.
At the time, my net worth was below $100,000, and I didn’t have a clue how to invest my money. Looking back now, it’s easy to see that I’ve made a lot of progress since then…
But I’m so thankful that I got started in the manner in which I did. By discovering ERE, I was able to filter out the noise of modern day life and figure out exactly what it is that I wanted out of life.
I learned early on, at the beginning of this quest, that I don’t need expensive material possessions to be happy. Rather, the most important (and precious) thing that I value is time.
By becoming financially independent, I will be able to purchase time which can afford me the following luxuries:
- The freedom to come and go as I choose.
- The ability to slow down the pace of life and cruise at a much more relaxed pace.
- The endless possibilities to mold and shape each day as I see fit.
- The pursuit of acquiring a multitude of skills instead of always being a specialized monkey.
- Learning for the sole sake of learning.
What a wonderful life, right?
Perhaps not for everyone, but that’s what I’ve always had in mind…
Back to Basics
If you know what you want, then the rest is easy. As I’ve watched my cash flow and net worth steadily increase over the years, one thing that has remained constant since Day 1 — I’ve never given in to lifestyle inflation.
For three years now, my savings rate has hovered between 70% to 80% each month. I don’t buy things that I don’t need! And I have absolutely no desire to upgrade or indulge in the “finer things” in life (unless travel hacked!).
Because I know the truth — they won’t bring me any true happiness.
So, with the day off today, it was back to basics. Back to my roots… and to the starting point of the early FI journey.
It was here, in 2012, where I made the declaration to pursue financial freedom. It was here that I decided to start a blog and document my progress.
Today, I came back here to rediscover myself. To rest. To think. To slow down time again…
I wasn’t there for too long, but as always, I enjoyed the peace and serenity… I even managed to sneak in a few chapters of this:
The sun was shining brightly and the birds were singing. The water was calm and the fresh morning air was refreshing.
And that’s really all it took… I was happy… Mind, body, and soul.