Originally Posted by bfernand
I am curious if others with young families have taken the plunge and how they found out their "purpose" for the second half of their lives. Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.
Welcome to the board, Bfernand.
You seem pretty sure that you'll be able to go the distance on your ER portfolio. That's my conclusion too-- I think your numbers put you within the top 10 of the thousands who have ER'd on far less.
I retired five years ago at age 41 when our kid was approaching her 10th birthday. So I have to ask-- if you have young kids at home, what gives you the mistaken impression that you'll have any free time?
Having read a few posts like yours, I'd say that the #2 worry of Young Dreamers (after the #1 $$ question) has been what they'll do all day, and when they've ER'd then every one of them has wondered what the heck they were worrying about. Setting aside your kids & free-time confusion for a minute, you'll spend the first month recuperating-- sleeping in, taking naps, eating healthier, exercising, and generally decompressing. (Or at least that's what you'd do if the kids let you.) Then as you restore your health & stamina you'll start to explore those interests you've always had, and you'll grow curious about others.
After five years I have to say that it's not finding things to do, it's finding the time to do them in. I don't know how I ever found the time to work.
But if you're still looking for inspiration in between bursts of childcare, try Ernie Zelinski's book "How to Retire Happy, Wild, & Free". His "Get-A-Life" tree will help you brainstorm your way to all those things you've always meant to try if work didn't get in the way.