Removing the bloody cloak of full-time work

34 thoughts on “Removing the bloody cloak of full-time work”

  1. Steve, glad to see you enjoying your new expanded horizons in early retirement. I remember the first week when I stepped out into early retirement and it felt strange. But, it was only because I wasn’t used to it. Now, I can’t imagine living without it. You get to create the opportunities that align with your own values and spend as much time as you want with family and friends as you like. Life without the need for money is a life worth living. 🙂

    1. Amen to that, Michael. I can’t imagine being restricted by the confines of a full-time job any more either, and I’ve only been free for a couple of months! 🙂

  2. I have to admit most days/weeks I am just trying to make it until Friday when I can choose to do what I want with my time. Most weekends I don’t even get to choose that 🙂 I am running diligently towards FIRE and hope I can get there sooner rather than later 🙂

    1. I bet you’ll get there sooner than you think. This whole savings thing totally snowballs. You start easily enough, then as things begin to build, we begin seeing the power of the market and letting our money work for ourselves. We moved our retirement date up several times. 🙂

  3. You know, they often say in order for retirement to be successful you have to retire too something. It’s a bit clichéd but I’ve seen more then one person not live but a few months after retirement. In each case they had no ailments before hand. The key seems to be without something to drive you, some goal or reason, we end up aimless. That doesn’t seem to do well for peoples health. Those opportunities each represent paths, now you just have to pick the ones that are right. From what I’ve seen of your blogging and rockstarfinance work you appear to have chosen opportunities driving towards some passions. I suspect itll be a long and interesting one.

    1. Thanks FTF. It’s very true, retiring TO something is so much more important than retiring FROM something – especially if you actually liked your job before you quit. Early retirement isn’t the time to just “do nothing”. It’s a time to do exactly what you want until you get tired of it. Then, on to something else!

  4. Removing the cloak sounds great. I always get the Sunday dread (as Earn Save Invest recently described it) and it is even worse when I know I am going to be on call the next day. The uncertainty of what may walk through the hospital door never gets easier for me.

    Enjoy the time and the ability to choose your path! Enjoy the beginning!

  5. Ah, you retirees are all the same – get a job and get back to work!

    Just kidding – I’m so envious, I could just throw up! 🙂 I can’t wait until I set my own priorities and chase the opportunities I want and not be stuck with just the evenings and weekends for it. Congrats again!

    — Jim

  6. Sounds like you’re really enjoying early retirement. That’s awesome. It’s really great that you can work on whatever you want. Early retirement really is full of opportunities. People who complain about retirement just need to be more open minded about them.

    1. Yup – and maybe those who complain about retirement should go back to work if they can…you know, if retirement is really that bad. 😉

  7. Re: hamsters. Is your idea to match a person to a hamster or more hamster to hamster ala for rodents? JK. I loved the exuberance of your post. My husband and I are on the cusp of FIRE. I have dropped down to three days a week. As I sit here on a Monday morning having just finished my yoga, all I can say is yes. This girl is (almost) on FIRE!

  8. Well said, thanks for your perspective from the other side! I can see the other side from where I sit (days away from retirement) and the grass appears to be greener, it is nice to get some confirmation that indeed it is.


    1. Thanks for the comment, Troy. It’s nice over here. It’s still “life” – chore still exist. Things don’t always work out. But, having eight to 10 of the most productive hours of my day back under my control has been absolutely amazing.

  9. Congratulations! The key to living well is to do what you want to do. I worked for nearly 32 years and still am working. I like what I do and I would only slightly change my career if I had to do it over again. I would be in the same field – computer science. I tinker around with open source software on my spare time, yes, on weekends, and I contribute to open source for free. So in four years I will start taking social security distributions at 62 ($1955 per month is not bad) though it is only a supplement and I saved up,$2,000,000 on my own already. I will still get paid for software work past 62 though. I love it! I don’t really like the word “retire,” because it is misconstrued as meaning “not working,” “out to the pasture.” I just like the idea of doing things on my own terms.

    1. There is a lot to be said for doing things on your own terms, Bill. Good on you for understanding what makes you happy. I generally enjoy software work enough to do it on my own, but not nearly enough to do it as a full-time job working for a big corporation. 🙂

  10. I totally agree about the expanded horizons Steve. The stuff I do today I never would have dreamed of doing before early retirement….

    Frankly, I believe people shouldn’t plan what happens after early retirement too much. It’s really going to be a process of discovery — discovering who you really are after all the dumbassery of work is done.

    1. I totally agree, people shouldn’t plan too much. My wife is the planner in the family, but even she is letting things just happen now as well. Of course if it were up to me, we’d plan basically nothing. That’s probably a bit extreme, but whatevs. Works for me! 🙂

  11. “A happy-enough life” gave me the chills. It took realizing that I was compromising on things in my life that weren’t worth compromising on for me to discover and pursue FIRE. Can’t wait to remove the shackles and be open to find true, complete happiness. Keep enjoying your freedom!

  12. “It’s a wonderful feeling.” So great to hear that. Sounds like in your case, when one door closes many open, congrats! Truly happy for you and love hearing about your new found freedom and the joy it’s bringing you.

  13. The Sunday Dread has disappeared for us too. And never, ever, again seeing an email addressed to “All Staff” is awesome. I’m happy for you that various opportunities are finding you. Plenty more of that to come.

  14. “I could be involved with full-time work again if I wanted to – the opportunity is everywhere” – it’s crazy, isn’t it? I get job offers every week – and I am not looking at all right now! Thanks for sharing the updates – it sounds transformative. What I love is that you are surprised by it too. I would have thought after reading lots of PF blogs that the “aha’s” would have been pretty well covered. It shows how personal all of our journey’s truly are!

  15. It’s been 18 months for us and an absolutely crazy experience. I honestly never would have guessed. So many cool things open up. The biggest disappointment is that I still don’t have unlimited time. I still have to be picky about how I spent our time, because there are WAY more amazing options than hours in the day.

    1. That’s so true. Ms. Montana. So much to do out there, and even after you’re retired, it is still very wise to be ruthless with how you manage your time. 🙂

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