25 years Fire'd
I made my obligatory weekly call to my father (93, strong as a bull) and he reminded me that I have been retired for 25 years (actually 24, but who counts).
It was not so much a congratulations from a proud father, more like "you realize, your only accomplishment in the past 25 years is your 6 year old son"! My first thought was what about my 22 year old daughter who is working on her doctorate?
My father is a very opinionated man and a successful investor, who once turned down a job with Warren Buffett, to open his own investment firm.
I mention this, because my Father values success over happiness. When I was 10, he used to come home from work and have me pore over the stock tables in the WSJ to track my little portfolio of about 10 stocks.
When I graduated college, I assumed I would go to work at his firm. I still remember my Father laughing and saying "why would I pay you for what you do not know"? Like many lessons, I did not realize he was right till much later.
I remember him being proud when my "net worth" exceeded his.
But, that's when I realized I was trying to please him and not myself.
It's been 24 of the best years of my life!