Rearrange the FIRE acronym and you almost get FREE—or a phonetic variation.
Not that FIRE costs nothing (free), but rather you gain something—FREEDOM.
This example is almost un-relatable to most people…for now.
The other day I had to wake up at 6am so I could drive to a morning meeting. My normal wake time is between 6:30-8a. However, that is when I wake up, not when I emerge from our bedroom. After waking, I like to read my magazine or book, or email, or news or weather, and slowly start my day. Some days I actually lay there and practice some amazing gratitude for my life/lifestyle. Some might say a meditation of sorts.
So in preparation for my early upcoming alarm (yes, actual alarm beeping) I woke up the day before a little early at 6:06a and read and zen-ned out before beginning my day. It was kind of like changing time zones. So far, so good.
The day of the meeting my alarm sounded and I immediately got out of bed. It was still dark out—which is strange to me in the morning—and got ready for the drive.
It was fun being “forced” to wake up, even though I was looking forward to the (ChooseFI local) meeting. The alarm absolutely compared my “FIRE lifestyle” to the “alarm clock lifestyle.”
I’m sharing YOUR future here. I feel so very grateful for our life decisions and situation which allow us to enjoy near full ownership of our time. Someone mentioned in that morning ChooseFI meeting that “you never get time back.” Of course, that’s obvious, but I thought about how many other people at that meeting—those pushing and wisely working towards a FI life—would hear the early morning alarm beeps tomorrow and have to begin their day/grind to those sounds.
Since you’re reading this, you are amazing and powerful and working toward super-awesomeness. In the future, you will enjoy the ability for “every day to be Saturday” if you choose.
I am telling you, “great job in taking back your life hours!” Nothing will ever be more important than having a healthy, enjoyable life hours for yourself.
*** Nothing in this article is to be construed as financial advice. I am not a financial planner, nor do I pretend to be. You should always consult your own professional when seeking advice.
Kevin, thank you for being an encourager! As I read this post, I thought how FIRE is portrayed by someone like you who is obviously so well adjusted to this lifestyle. Financial Independence Rejoice Everyday. You do and are a mentor to many. Keep up the good work!
I only wish MANY people could Rejoice Everyday by finding the great things in their lives, whatever those may be. I hope you share your positiveness to others. I can tell your energy is amazing.