I am sat here typing away on my laptop, with the cycling tour of the Basque Country on my TV, my smart phone buzzing away with messages from around the country and a cup of tea steaming away.
Life is pretty good.
You wouldn’t think it if you spend much time reading the news. But it is.
|A dreary newspaper|
If you stare past the bullshit of consumerism, through the fog of conventional wisdom and the mists of fear you may see, frittering away, the concept of Financial Independence. Most will pass it off as a mirage, a trick of the mind, something that sure seems nice but can’t be possible in today’s world. But there is a growing number of us that want more from life than just a 9-5 cubicle job, a few promotions into middle management, a life time of buying tat and then a pension for a few years whilst blaming the government for our situation.
Is there an FI demographic
It does strike me that there are three main professions for which Financial Independence and Early Retirement really appeals;
– Software Engineers/Computer Programmers
– People in Finance
– Aerospace/Aeronautical/Civil etc Engineers
These professions can be well paid, but don’t always provide the satisfaction that people were hoping for. They all deal in the intangible. Running models. Computer coding. I deal with risk and uncertainty. Looking into the future at things are not likely to happen, but what could happen if they did. They all deal with the BullShit of the corporate world. People in these jobs have what they were told to do, what they thought was “the right things”. They studied and got good grades at school. They did a degree and then went on to work in a ‘professional’ job, perhaps even doing further studies or qualifications. The thing is, a few years later the pay is getting better but ultimately the job’s just not that fulfilling. Perhaps these jobs pay well because there is some kind of premium in built for the ability to withstand the numb corporate atmosphere.
While this is without a doubt a good problem to have, many seem to plow on regardless, satisfying their unhappiness with spending. Using their success to purchase goods to prove to the world that they are, in fact, successful.
But a small proportion find the idea of Financial Independence and Early Retirement and embark on the quest.
The privilege of the quest
The very fact that we can entertain the idea of financial independence puts us in a very privileged and enviable position.
To be in a position where we are being paid reasonably well but our jobs aren’t the most satisfying doesn’t make us martyrs. But to be in a position where, through some relatively simple rearranging, we can be Financially Independent in X years means that life is pretty good. Sure it will take some ‘sacrifices’ and choices that aren’t inline with the popular consensus, but the rewards are intangible. Your freedom.
So yeah, life is pretty good.
Is there an FI demographic? Should we feel privileged to have the choice to pursue FI?