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Old 09-07-2007, 12:35 PM   #41
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FI, as I've recently discovered is all about being mentally prepared for new options. I am now 38, and according to every retirement calc that I could find, I could RE in relative comfort. The sale of my business is nearly complete, and the new owners have asked me to manage the merged businesses.

I didn't spend any time focused on ER until the sale offer came in, I just worked hard, took a couple of well timed risks, for the most part enjoyed what I did, and tried to build profits. I've been experimenting with taking 3 and 4 day weekends for the last few months and darn it, I'm not sure that I'm mentally quite ready to RE.

Sure, there are mornings when you don't want to drag your tired carcass out of bed, people that you'd rather choke than talk to, and more agreeable climates to live in, and these things are probably made even more difficult to tolerate when you are FI, but having even this much time on my hands has been tough. I know, boo hoo, get a hobby, right?

I just figured that I might as well line up for a couple more years of good wages and new challenges while actually spending some serious time pondering post RE options (gearing down). All this sounds weird, I know, but in my opinion, those of you who have spent time thinking about ER (and, whether you know it or not, mentally preparing for it) are in many ways, ahead of folks like me who didn't pay attention to net worth, and were completely surprised when they found out that they were FI.
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Old 09-07-2007, 05:06 PM   #42
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All this sounds weird, I know, but in my opinion, those of you who have spent time thinking about ER (and, whether you know it or not, mentally preparing for it) are in many ways, ahead of folks like me who didn't pay attention to net worth, and were completely surprised when they found out that they were FI.
It's not weird all all. There is no reason why you should be "ready" to retire at exactly the same time it becomes financially possible. You are lucky it's not the other way around! Till you are "ready" to retire, just enjoy life and w*ork. I bet you will enjoy it even more now that you know you have other choices.
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I hear you loud and clear. I can tell you one thing: It is nice to have what I call F*** YOU! money. Because I have FU! money, I recently was able to tell my boss, a mental midget, total jackass alpha male, jerkoff, with a Napoleon complex, to go F*** Himself! I refuse to take crap from anyone ever again. So YEAH, Financial Independence is freedom. Believe it.
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Old 09-08-2007, 12:37 AM   #44
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It's not weird all all. There is no reason why you should be "ready" to retire at exactly the same time it becomes financially possible. You are lucky it's not the other way around! Till you are "ready" to retire, just enjoy life and w*ork. I bet you will enjoy it even more now that you know you have other choices.
Thanks, glad that you see it that way, but I do feel a bit like one of those idiots who win the lottery and then goes straight back to w**k. Like you said though, it's a nice problem to have.
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