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Old 01-01-2012, 05:01 PM   #1
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Day 1 of the rest of my life....

Hard to believe but finally here! so much planning to get here, will need a few years to figure out what comes next. find myself between anticlimactic and anxious.

So today I took the polar bear plunge in lake George. So far I find ER cold.
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Old 01-01-2012, 05:09 PM   #2
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So today I took the polar bear plunge in lake George. So far I find ER cold.
Don't worry, you'll warm to it in no time.
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Old 01-01-2012, 05:20 PM   #3
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Don't worry, you'll warm to it in no time.
Hope I have 3 or 4 decades to try! Feels odd though after 30 years of running flat out and traveling non-stop to have no tomorrow "I've go to...."
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Old 01-02-2012, 06:59 AM   #4
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Whoohoo! Congratulations.
So glad for you. What do you look forward to now that you are finally RE? Any short term goals or long term?
What was your "trigger" to declare FIRE?
I'm still not FIRE, so I really appreciate the encouragement of seeing others meet their goals and take the plunge. (Not necessarily into Lake George).
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:37 AM   #5
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Congrats. Now you'll have more time to spend in or on Lake George. I went to school a little south of there, beautiful country, enjoy!
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:18 AM   #6
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Congratulations! I am truly happy for you as that is quite an accomplishment. Enjoy!
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:13 PM   #8
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:50 PM   #9
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Whoohoo! Congratulations.
So glad for you. What do you look forward to now that you are finally RE? Any short term goals or long term?
What was your "trigger" to declare FIRE?
I'm still not FIRE, so I really appreciate the encouragement of seeing others meet their goals and take the plunge. (Not necessarily into Lake George).

I think you eventually have to decide to just do it and not get to caught up in forever planning. I really liked my job, was the boss, and got paid lots. But as the years slipped by I realized that this could be it and i could do it forever. Not that that would be terrible, but I believe we only get one ride in life and I want "something" more. So I started to plan an exit only to find it almost impossible to settle on "what next," with the result that I rode this career a few years longer. I finally decided that I needed to stop plotting all of the future and instead just set a date to start living in the future.

Not a lot of logic to that but I was taught that when Cortez came to conquer the new world he had no plan. Instead, he borrowed from the lore of the Greeks, and when his boats landed on the strange shore his first order to his troops was "burn the boats." Knowing that there was no way back, the landing party had to find a way forward. A historic application of making necessity in order to mother invention.

My translation of that lesson ( which is likely historically inaccurate) was that if I waited for a plan to form I would never act. So I spent the last few months burning the boats. Now we will plan because necessity leaves me no choice. But at least initially i plan to plan only 5 or 6 months at a time. So on to new adventures!
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Congratulations ! I found when I retired a new life took awhile to form with only a little planning . I live in Florida so my idea of a Polar bear plunge would be the Atlantic in august !
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:51 AM   #12
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Congrtas - I am jealous. I just got back from a Caribbean cruise and kept thinking how I wish I didn't have to go back to work. Enjoy your new life stage!
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Hope I have 3 or 4 decades to try! Feels odd though after 30 years of running flat out and traveling non-stop to have no tomorrow "I've go to...."
It does feel kind of funny, but pretty soon you find out "I've got to ..." gets replaced by "I don't have to..." and then "I want to...", and "let me think about this some more". "What's the rush?" as well.
My favorite response, though, is when someone asks "do you know what time it is?" "uhhh, no."
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It does feel kind of funny, but pretty soon you find out "I've got to ..." gets replaced by "I don't have to..." and then "I want to...", and "let me think about this some more". "What's the rush?" as well.
My favorite response, though, is when someone asks "do you know what time it is?" "uhhh, no."
Funny. So far I am not having trouble answering what day it is, but I hear I may lose track of time and day eventually...
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Congratulations! I am nowhere near FIRE, but I love reading this board for the inspirational stories.
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:13 PM   #18
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Funny. So far I am not having trouble answering what day it is, but I hear I may lose track of time and day eventually...
I have less problem with what time it is - I still wear a watch out of habit and because we do orient our daily lives to a certain extent (lots of Dr. visits unfortunately). But, oddly, I do occasionally forget the date (not the day). YMMV
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