Originally Posted by Ready
So while it may seem odd to find people who say they are FI but still working, I can relate to it. It's one thing to be FI, and it's another thing to have so much money that you can't possibly conceive of a scenario where anything could go wrong. I suspect most of us are the former, and very few the latter.
The way I read it it's saying like FI is worthwhile even without RE.
My initial desperate need for FI was driven by my strong dislike for my job when I hired in out of school. Years later my work gradually changed for the better and I was pretty happy with my job once FI came. No regrets about missing out on earlier spending, and no plans to make up for it later. Starting to spend freely after a long time living small is a lot easier said than done IMHO. I admit it'd probably be stressful to be stuck in my line of work at my age if I needed the paycheck, so in a way maybe my FI prevented me from needing to retire.