Since I decided that my end goal from all of this saving and investing activity I’ve been doing will be used to achieve financial independence and give me the option to retire early I’ve told very few people. Those that I have told, have often responded with negative criticism. Why would you want to do that for? one relative asked. What are you going to do, just sit around for the rest of your life if you don’t work?
Ah no, I don’t plan on sitting around all day. Why would I work hard, maintain a high savings rate, practice delayed gratification just to look forward to 40 years of sitting around doing nothing? I don’t want a traditional retirement lifestyle when I retire early. By traditional, I mean sitting around a lot, watching day-time television and not taking advantage of all the free time you have. Not my idea of a good time.
Once I achieve financial independence I plan on living life to the fullest without being burdened with having to go to work 5 days a week for someone else. I want to be able to choose how I spend my time and focus on things I can’t do if I’m tied down to working 40 hours a week. That doesn’t mean I’ll necessarily stop working either. One of my goals in life is to eventually own a small business. Maybe something with rental real estate. I come from a family of tradesmen, so maybe something in the building field? I’m still not sure but what I’m sure of is that being financially independent will allow me to pursue this goal if I want without being pressured to live off the income it produces immediately.
Also, like I’ve mentioned in my long-term goals post a while back, I’d like to travel more and try some new hobbies. Working 40 hours a week for someone else isn’t going to allow me to do all of these things.
If you choose to pursue a goal of retiring early you have to prepared to face some criticism at some point. Why will people be against you quitting the rat race early? Jealousy? Thinking you’re not contributing to society by quitting working so early? Maybe, but who really knows.
That’s whats great about this country (and most others for my friends to the north and overseas 🙂 ) though, you don’t have to follow a script, you don’t have to fit in, you can choose to live your life anyway you want. Not everyone is destined to go to work for someone else for 40 plus years. Some like me and all the others out there pursuing this goal are okay with sacrificing having expensive lifestyles today for the opportunity at years and years of freedom down the road. Yeah, saving a lot of your income each month sucks. Yes, not going out drinking every single Friday night with friends isn’t so fun (especially when you’re 21 😉 ). So why do I choose this lifestyle? I want freedom to live my life the way I want to and be able enjoy it while I’m still relatively young.
How have your friends and family reacted to you trying to become financially independent? Have they been mostly positive or have you had to deal with the haters too? Thanks for reading.