Another good article on why we spend too much time thinking about what it would be like to not have to work instead of thinking about what we’d like to be doing. Like I’ve said before, there’s only so much sitting on the beach I could do. Why Even Thinking About Retirement Can Be a Bad Idea.
How many times have we all thought about how nice it would be to have enough money so that we would never have to work again? We think about all that we won’t have to do: We won’t have to get up early. We won’t have to go to work. We won’t have to meet deadlines. We won’t have to be stressed. Unfortunately, it is hard to find much fulfillment in what we won’t do. We can only find fulfillment and meaning in what we will do.
Dave discovered that quickly enough. Dick taught me that as well. You may well have too much intellectual curiosity and too much enthusiasm for life ever to retire. When and if that day comes, you might not be doing what you’re doing now, but you will want to be doing something that matters.
Forget about retirement. Forget about planning for it. Just find something that you love to do.
I think I’ll still strive for financial independence though. That would give me a lot more freedom in picking the job I wanted. You could stay in a traditional job, you could become a social entrepreneur or a full time student or …