Really, I only purposefully write for me. I am not driven to build readers or followers. I do have a lightly viewed blog. It began as my 200 day countdown to quitting my job, selling our house, giving away our possessions and moving to the beach. And we did it… with a few days to spare!
After decades of self imprisonment in corporate life, I am nearing three years of freedom. Stress free living after vanquishing an existence that was slowly killing me. I discovered the secret of happiness… for me.
I’m lazy in my freedom. Have one non-fiction book…
Thankfully, not everyone will agree that we live in paradise. If they did, our adopted sanctuary would be overrun… forever damaged. Grand Haven, Michigan is a town of 10,000. But swells to claims of 300,000 on one special weekend every summer. The price to be paid as the only Coast Guard City, USA. Tourists everywhere. Less so during the rest of the summer, but can still be bustling. Spring, Fall and Winter? Magical, but at a relaxed, quiet pace.
In a previous post, I discussed pollution on the west side of Lake Michigan. Safe swimming near Chicago and Milwaukee, especially after a rainstorm, means closely observing the bacteria monitoring results. But what about this side of the lake? The Grand Haven State Park beach is on the left side of the pier picture below. The Grand River, just to the right. A plume of brown water flows down this river from Grand Rapids. So how clean is the river? And the beach next to it?
Everyone loves choices. But people like limits on their choices, even if they don’t admit it. Imagine choosing a job opportunity. Say you only have three choices. Further, all three choices are in Fargo, North Dakota. Would you want more options? I know I would. But now imagine you have 1,000 different locations where you can work, and 1,000 different job opportunities in each location. Doing the math… one million choices. Some people, maybe most people, would become completely overwhelmed. Having options is great. However, research says most people are comfortable with about 8 to 15 choices at a time…
Sometimes a simple thought experiment becomes worthless in its simplicity. Most everyone will get social security. Many will get pensions. For many people, these two income streams will be plenty to live on comfortably.
So for them, the question becomes more how much money do you need/want to bridge the gap before these streams begin.
The denominator can shift from 30+ years to 5 or 10 years.
Personally I realized I already had enough to leave a job I hated and be free now. Said goodbye to the corp world 3 years ago and have never been happier.
My peers say they will have to work till they are 70, or dead. Silly. They won't go past the simple thought experiment you described.
The other evening I was at the brewhouse, reciting my three-minute life’s story to the inquisitive guy next to me. In my one minute life’s story, GE never comes up. But expanded to three minutes, it does.
“Oh, did you like working at GE?”
Yes, yes I did… until I didn’t.
When did it all change? Let’s see… decades ago, as the finance manager of a small business, I delivered a relatively gloomy forecast for the quarter. There was simply no reasonable chance for us to make the plan. We just didn’t have the orders. My boss kept saying, “I…