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Old 09-01-2016, 06:32 PM   #81
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As I sit in the mall, and look at these sad people I wonder what they may have been in their working life before society and the corporate employers sent them packing. Maybe a bank Vice President, A Lawyer, a Public Relations Executive, a HR Manager. Who knows. But this week they are just killing time.
One of my fears when I decided to FIRE was that I would end up vegetating at home (or wherever) - essentially doing nothing but watching the days go by.

Almost three years in, I realize how misplaced that fear was. Keeping myself physically and mentally active is easier than I thought it would be. There are so many things to do (especially in a big city), I am spoiled for choice. Sometimes, I spend more time deciding what not to do rather than what to do and wish there were more than 24 hours in a day and more than 7 days in a week.

And, sure, some things cost money but there are plenty of low cost or free options - half-priced movies, walks in the country parks, a day at the beach, volunteer activities and all the great things one can do on a computer. The list is endless.

And, yes, I was to some extent married to my job (partner in a big law firm) but I never felt like the job defined me and (absent physical or mental health issues) I fail to see why people resign themselves to doing nothing.
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Old 09-01-2016, 08:36 PM   #82
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half-priced movies, walks in the country parks, a day at the beach, volunteer activities and all the great things one can do on a computer. The list is endless.
Yes the list of things to do one a computer is growing so we limit our time to 3-4 hours a day. This includes portfolio management and searching for things (like travel planning). The one thing we have discovered in that email is so much more succinct than phone calls. But phone calls are sometimes necessary to maintain a relationship.
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