Right now we can only dream about it, but we often do. What is our life going to be like when we can quit the Monday to Friday gigs and be the masters of our own schedules? In my mind being Financially Independent and Retired Early (FIRE) is going to feel something like this. You know, that glorious feeling of yeah, this is so right. This feels good, let’s enjoy this for a moment.
This is a picture of our older son well over fifteen years ago in the rain. I love the raw emotion of this picture. It’s long before he entered school or starting working a part-time job or got his driver’s license. I hope he has many more of these kinds of moments over his lifetime. To be honest his school career didn’t divert too much from our working careers. Always on someone else’s schedule. Always trying to keep up with too many assignments, too many obligations, too much useless information. Quite frankly, I don’t remember high school being that stressful when we were in the throes of it. But a lot dims in the rear-view mirror I guess. I’m glad he made it through the madness.
When our days are crazy, which they often are, it’s nice to day dream for a few minutes about having ultimate freedom of time. It must taste so good. It helps to keep us focused on our goals. Remind us of why we don’t spend our hard-earned money on silly things.
Sometimes though we can get so hyper focused on all the awesome of what’s coming next, we forget to enjoy the moments of today. There must be a balance of enjoying now and the anticipation and planning of later. I’m not sure what the right balance is. We struggle with it all the time.