Originally Posted by MBAustin
Sounds wonderful! I don't recall anything like that, and have unfortunately not become any more creative (writing, etc.) in ER. But I am definitely a more pleasant person to be around, I shudder at how much I stressed over the small stuff back in the day, especially with my family.
I certainly wish I was as self-aware of how tough that was on them then as I am now.
When my teen kids started asking me about a year ago why I was so p-d all the time and snapped at meaningless stuff (traffic, airport lines, etc.) I realized (a) that DW wasn't just picking on me when she had pointed out the same for some time; and (b) I needed to get serious about FI and RE …
Still working on the RE part, but closing in on FI with a firm number and date in mind. Just the exercise alone has proved incredibly cathartic and calming. Realizing that if for some reason we were acquired, etc and/or I was let go for any reason I really wouldn't need to work anytime soon … perhaps not at all.