In 100 days, I’ll be embracing something I haven’t experienced since I was 4 years old.
In September of my 4th year, in a small town in Southern Michigan, I attended my first half-day sessions in a Pre-K program run by the college. My life hasn’t been the same since.
In the 50 years since that day, I’ve had people telling me what to do with the majority of my time. For the sake of moving ahead and being “successful” in life, I’ve
For example, when I was…
- …Age 5, I paid attention to Mrs. Knott, my kindergarten teacher, as she taught me the alphabet.
- …Age 11, I obediently changing classes every hour along with “the big kids” in Davis Middle School
- …Age 14, I felt the burn when my gym teacher whacked me with that hockey stick for goofing off.
- …Age 18, I studied diligently in the college library to earn the required “good grades” to get the “good job”.
- …Age 22, I dutifully began my career and commuted every morning for the next 33 years.
- …Age 46, I relocated my family for the 9th time in my career at the request of my employer.
- …Age 50, I hit the 1 Million Mile mark with Delta Airlines, all accrued on required business travel.
- …Age 52, I signed a lease on a City Apartment so I could be at work every day after moving to the mountains.
- …Last Week, I set my alarm for 4:00 am to make it to a 7:30 Monday morning meeting (who DOES that?)
It’s been a long run.
I’ve missed countless birthdays, anniversaries, and Valentine’s Days. My wife has dealt with dozens of issues on her own when I desperately wanted to be there to help. My daughter has had her “time in the spotlight”, without her Dad in the crowd. We’ve moved every couple of years, disrupting our social networks and stability in our lives.
I’ve loved our life, and I sincerely consider ourselves truly Blessed.
….We’ve always had limitations on our Freedom. We’ve been dependent on an income, and we’ve followed obediently.
Blessed perhaps, but certainly not Free.
In 100 Days, that all comes to an end.
In 100 Days, my life is going to change, in a radical and wonderful way.
A Life Of Freedom
On June 9th, 2018 my wife and I will begin a new life of Financial Freedom. For the first time in 50 years, our lives will no longer be dictated by the wants and wishes of others, obediently followed in pursuit of the dollars which our lives need to function. A bit like blood through the veins of our lives. We must have money to survive.
Until we don’t.
In 100 Days, we won’t. We’ll cross that hurdle of needing to earn money, and we’ll become Financially Free. Free to pursue whatever it is that we choose to pursue, with money no longer a factor in the decision.
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The Power Of Financial Freedom.
What Will Financial Freedom Look Like?
I don’t really know what to expect on June 9th. But I do strongly suspect that I’ll never again have to make a decision based on the need for income. The Freedom that comes from Financial Independence is life changing, and in 100 Days my wife and I are going to experience that change firsthand. We’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this change for the past few years.
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Editorial Comment: When I wrote the first draft of this post, it was right here that I started down a serendipitous path with a new thought. I’ve decided to defer, and have provided that thought a Part 2 standalone post next week, titled “The Ten Commandments Of Retirement”. It builds on the thoughts in today’s post. Combined, these two posts comprise a 2-part miniseries on what we’re thinking as we approach our final 100 Days. Watch for it Part 2 next Tuesday!
Given that, I’ve decided this post ends well right here.
It’s time to wrap things up.
Conclusion: The Future
I don’t know what the future holds, but I know the attitude that I want to take as I start the next phase of my journey. I recognize that achieving Early Retirement Freedom is a hard-earned gift, and I intend to enjoy it fully, with an Attitude Of Gratitude. I’ve developed a personal guideline I’ll be publishing next week (a Part 2 to this post, if you will) titled “The Ten Commandments Of Retirement”. Combined, the two posts comprise our thinking as we go through the final 100 days to Financial Freedom.
It’s been 50 years, and it’s time to change things up.
My wife and I are looking forward to it.
I’m realistic enough to know that retirement will be nothing like I envision. From the many friends I’ve spoken to, I’ve come to learn that reality often differs from that which we have imagined. Like my friend Steve over at ThinkSaveRetire, I’m sure we’ll have a lot of surprises in retirement. That’s ok, we’re going to maintain an Attitude Of Gratitude, and we’re going to go with the flow.
I’m good with that.
Besides, I like surprises.
Especially when I’m Free.