First day back at the mines yesterday after the Christmas break and I stumbled across a dose of unexpected motivation. The sneaky little fella was hiding out just by the coffee machine and caught me by surprise. I nearly judo chopped him it was so unexpected.
While waiting for the kettle to boil and doing my best to avoid eye contact or inane conversation with a couple of people in the same room I listened to them chirp away to one another.
Zombie 1 – I caught up on the last series of Homeland over the holidays.
Zombie 2 – Oh yeah, was it any good?
Zombie 1 – Yeah it was bang-a-lang-a-ding-dong good.
Zombie 2 – That good?
Zombie 1 – Yeah, thankfully. The weather was so miserable the last couple of weeks that without it, I would have had nothing to do.
Zombie 2 – That’s smash-tastic. Ah well back to the grind stone eh? Hopefully this coffee will help with the January blues.
I’m paraphrasing, a little, of course.
The weather has been a bit cold and there has been some rain, but nothing a rain jacket or some proper cycling gear wouldn’t see off. I have been out and about over the holiday and, not at one point, did I think I would perish from the elements. Perhaps us PF/FI types are made of sturdier stuff? I do have a layer of fur and hooves but that shouldn’t make a difference should it?
They were so sad to get back to work and it was a reminder of how so many people’s only escape is TV. The zombies no nothing of us secret FI seeking types, squirreling away to escape the drudgery. I have my bad times at work, get pissed off with office politics and hate the rigidity of the 9 to 5. But it is there to serve a purpose, it allows me to use my human capital to generate an income. If I spend less than I earn of this income I can save the excess, propelling myself towards Financial Independence.
Why did I find motivation here when it should have been depressing? I suppose it was a nice wee reminder that spending less and saving more is the right path, and I have started my commitment to it. As my financial nugget grows I could use the income to go part time with no loss in earnings or eventually take the leap and escape the Horde.
It did remind me a of a post from the FIREstarter about whether or not you are in the Financial Independence closet. I could have said to them “Come on lads, it doesn’t have to be like this”. And then blow their minds off the hinges by pointing them the way of some quality PF/FI blogs. But I am in the closet so I just finished making my tea.
Strange where motivation can come from, isn’t it? The journey towards FI is a long one, so I will take it where I can.
Besides, it made up for trying to use mouth wash as shower gel in the morning.
Spend less, save more and escape the Horde.