Hey everyone, school is now back in session! Yup, that’s right I decided that it was time to do something drastic, so I’m going to be hitting the books again this summer. What do I have in mind? Well, I really do miss the world of engineering oh so much, so I thought I would go “all in” and finally attempt getting a PhD.
Yup, at this stage of my life, I strongly feel that I need to: blow out my brain cells, stress out even more, rack up a ton of debt, sign up for many, many, many more years in the workforce to pay back that debt, and collect pieces of paper (trophies) so that I can brag to everyone else and feel good about myself.
Not too believable?
Ok, fine that’s not it. In all seriousness I don’t mean to hate on higher education at all, and I did graduate from college and get my M.S. degree and all that jazz, but once you’ve embarked on an entirely different journey away from academia (i.e. early FI), the world and everything around it gets altered permanently.
What I’m trying to say is this — Early FI teaches you to blaze your own path. If you want to learn just for the sake of learning, just do it. There’s no more rules to follow. No more ladders to climb and conventional paths. Life unscripted. Just do you.
So, how am I doing me?
Well, it’s kind of interesting… I’ve been back in the Bay Area for just about 1 full week since my trip out to: Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Houston, and Austin… Since that time, I’ve been trying to figure out what it is that I want out of life. As readers may recall, I’ve spent the last year of my life traveling around the world… finally getting the chance to expand my horizons and see new things. At this time last year, that was my greatest urge and what I wanted to accomplish most of all…
But a few years back I wrote a post about YOLO every seven years because I know myself and how I like to change with the seasons…
When I say “go back to school”, I don’t mean literally, but what I’ve been doing is spending a lot of time at a local coffee shop (nearby the city’s community college) where all the young bucks hang out… Most of these folks are here doing homework, projects, and studying up for some crazy exam…
And that creates a certain vibe in the air…
I can’t really explain it, but when I’m not at the coffee shop, I just wanna chill outside and really not do too much…
But when I’m here, it seriously takes me back to my earlier years, like when I was 18-24… and during those years, I was busting my ass 24/7 trying to prove myself in this world… I was hungry and full of ambition. I used to be an insane workaholic, but I’ll admit since I quit my day job, I haven’t been immersed in that type of world/mindset at all…
I’m ok with sort of leaving that past behind, but sometimes it’s helpful to reconnect with it and feel the nostalgia… All those memories just start to come flooding back in, and it makes you feel motivated again… Determined to strive for more outta life.
For myself, honestly, right now I still haven’t gotten the travel bug out of my system… Traveling the world and trying new things is still my main focus… but at the same time, I have to find that hunger and passion again… Lately, I’ve been turning to blogging and writing as my outlet, and deep down I know that I want to make a difference in this world… Well, in some kind of meaningful capacity.
First thing that springs to mind is this:
Help others who are striving for early FI achieve it… (and actually share with people all the intimate details on how I actually got there b/c I think everyone is looking for the juicy details and really appreciate having it).
Nobody wants to read/hear more regurgitated mainstream bs that is short on details and full of nothing more than big talk (empty promises) that don’t really tell you jack shit about anything.
I’ve decided that I really would like to (need to) start publishing some ebooks about the whole early FI journey… From start to finish.
So, I’m going back to school.
Here’s the coffee shop where I’ve been kicking it.
They’re open from 5:30 AM all the way to midnight and it’s ALWAYS packed with studious, hard-working bookworms.
The environment/atmosphere you immerse yourself in really makes a difference in your mentality/psyche/spirit…
No wonder I left the engineering cubicle world behind…
And don’t get me wrong, I’ve got all the respect in the world for the aforementioned PhD peeps who bust/busted their ass for many years to earn that degree… It ain’t easy by a long shot.
But the conventional path in life is no longer meant for me.
P.S. Walking around with that backpack on, I feel like a kid again… I guess it’s time to show the world what I’ve got all over again.