So I thought Iíd finally start a thread since Iíve been an avid reader of others post since 2012. Novice post myself, as you can see >15. So here's a go...in Cali
I dreamed of working until one day I would Not have to work so for 30yrs I toiled in the soil until I could become Happy Wild & Free again - anyone else read Ernie Zelinski? There really is Joy in Not Working. My first semi-detachment from work came at age 42, I was off for 4mos - long time for Me. Healed from injury returned to toiling which continued until 49 when this time I was on the bench for about 8mos.
As many here have, long ago read Millionare ND and as a long time early saver, diverse portfolio with rental property etc. The old AA was looking good to supplement my pension (vantage point) so I ended up closing out my time officially retired at age 51.
Also might add DW & I have no children so no full funding of college although supplements to nieces &
nephews but of course not same as parents-limited.
Iíve read about the ultra early retiree at 39 or 40ís and often wonder did you consult? Pick up ďplayĒ jobs along the way? Work while traveling? The purist here set guidance on if one is ďtrulyĒ retired if you work beyond a certain capacity. Iíve seen caps on hours.
Maybe a few comments on how you would describe it - I have what I consider a ďplayĒ job cause it pays
but it amounts on average 150hrs a year...lol Also signed up for self scheduled work use money buy airline tickets dozen flights so far in 2019 got 3 more
DW is not retired yet, her choice, we still have extensive travels up to 20days but once sheís done World Cruise here we come! Sheís younger than Me but it wonít be too long - really likes her gig but loves Me more.
Happy Wild & Free?