I could never retire early, I’d be so bored!

21 thoughts on “I could never retire early, I’d be so bored!”

  1. Go Curry Cracker had a great Louis CK quote about how we shouldn’t be allowed to be bored. The world is so vast and our brains are so deep, yet we’ve explored only a fraction. Being bored is exactly what you said… an excuse!

    1. Hey Fervent,

      Yup, I think that if you retire early, you aren’t allowed to be bored either. There is so much to do and experience. Our world, while small, is also quite big. Get out and explore it. Have some fun. All it takes is a modicum of determination.

      A modicum. 🙂

  2. Is Jerry Springer still on?!? 🙂

    Could not agree with you more! We have a post lined up for next week on a similar topic (what will we do when we grow up?)… we’re about to go on vacation so had to do some advance writing. We often think about this question (could we possibly get bored?) and pretty much think there’s no way that’s possible. The Louis CK quote from GCC is good, but we’re often reminded of that old adage, “Only the boring are bored.” Don’t think we haven’t used this with kids who lamented boredom before. 😉 Pretty much, as long as you are a person with varied interests, a general sense of curiosity about people and the world, and a little dose of gratitude, there’s no way you can be bored. And if we find out that we’re wrong, then we’ll go back to work. It’s not hard to figure out. But honestly, we don’t see that happening in a million years.

    Is your photo blog live yet? Please keep us posted on this side of things, so we know to swing over there!

    1. Ha! I think there may still be re-runs, but honestly, I’m not 100% positive.

      I like that quote…only the boring are bored. I’d happen to agree, and agree even more emphatically with your statement that there’s no way that we will truly get bored after retirement. We have so much planned…so much to experience, so much to see.

      Photo blog is going live this week, actually. I think I am going to release it tomorrow. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Wow, Jerry Springer still exists?

    Regardless, this is spot on (so *this* was the upcoming post you mentioned on my blog 🙂 ), in particular, I love what you wrote here:

    >> ‘work that makes somebody else rich and keeps us from “getting bored”.’

    Exactly!!! By working for someone else, you’re giving the best of yourself, making someone else richer, and helping *them* to do whatever they want with their time. Good for them!

    Why people don’t immediately get onboard the “early retirement” plans as soon as they understand that kind of locig is beyond me

    1. Hey Stockyard,

      Yup, this was it. Honestly, I am not sure why more people aren’t on-board either. I think many would like to be, but where the rubber actually meets the road is in their ability to make more sound financial decisions that priorities their future happiness rather than their temporary present ones.

      Thanks for reading.

  4. Well played. I cannot fathom how someone would be bored in early retirement… here’s why…

    I truly think those who don’t inherit wealth have to make a conscious effort and work hard to retire early. These are people who know money inside and out, who can live below their means, and who don’t care what others think of them. They’re determined. Someone like that isn’t going to sit around on their ass all day after they’ve finally achieved their goal of early retirement.

    This post is a great example of debunking that myth – I think it’s awesome that you have so many plans after your early retirement. I agree with you, to me an early retirement means an earlier start on doing what you LOVE and making the most of your life. Congrats on writing this – excellent topic.

    1. Hey Chris!

      Yeah, I absolutely agree with you; if you have the gumption to work hard, safe fast and retire early, then you are probably the type of person who has enough creativity in your life to keep yourself busy after retirement, naturally. Great point!

      Yep, my wife and I won’t have any time to be bored. There’s too much to do. 🙂

  5. Ladies and Gentleman, the FI Quote of the Year: “We become masters of our own beautiful damn destinies.” Thanks for another great post – gold stars all around! 😉

  6. Now Jerry Springer, along with Maury, is some quality TV and would have to be part of an FIRE environment :). Love the sentiment. Every day you get closer…and if you ever are bored I am sure we could find things for you to do.

    1. Jason,

      Daytime TV has always been a little…umm, void in the meaning department. Wonder why that is. 🙂

      Being bored is only for the boring – and we ain’t boring people. It’s going to be a wild ride.

  7. Steve, you nailed it. I think so many people identify themselves as their job that it is impossible for them to imagine a life without it, not to mention the desire for a new Audi ever year to demonstrate status. Maybe this is what sets us early retirement folks apart from the rest of the crowd? Great post.

    1. Hey Mr. RB35!

      Yep, I think this is what separates us from those who’d rather retire at 65. At one point I truly did want the best car, or the nicest THIS or THAT. Now, I think that mentality is pretty darn shallow. I’m glad that I finally got over that phase of my life and now on the road to early retirement, just like you. 🙂

  8. I am 5 months from our “FIRE Escape” date and have to admit that I’ve been wrestling with the worry of not having anything to do. I’ve even made a “Not Bored List” of 150+ things to do and created a weekly calendar of all of the interesting things to do in our metro area. My wife thinks I’m nuts, because I always have 5-6 “hobbies” underway. One quote that framed it for me (oft repeated on earlyretirement.org forums is “When I am bored I never think – I should go to work” 🙂

    1. Ha! Nice quote, MrFireStation. I must agree that I’ve never seriously asked myself that question either. Even if I’m just sitting outside with a cup of coffee supposedly “doing nothing”, that’s my time to rest and relax. Sometimes, a little R&R goes a long way. 🙂

  9. “I will become ‘the master of [my] own beautiful damn destiny.” – that’s what I will try to remember to say when I tell my boss I am quitting on Wednesday. Very poetic. Besides, if I was bored, I wouldn’t come back to spend an hour in a budget meeting!

    1. I definitely want to know exactly how it goes for you, MrFireStation. I’m sure that you will write an article about it, and I’ll probably be the first to read it. 🙂

  10. “If early retirement makes us bored, that means our job is the only thing that keeps us doing stuff. That’s just sad.”

    I’ve never heard it put that way. It made me sit back in my chair and say “whoa” to myself.

    1. Thanks Bus Thinker, appreciate the comment. Yeah, that’s an interesting tidbit to think about. If your job is the only thing that keeps you active, that means you probably don’t have any hobbies or anything else keeping you intellectually stimulated. That could pose a problem in early retirement!

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