I’m Starting to Not Care About Early Retirement

Yes, the title of this post is correct and you are still reading the correct blog.  I’m starting to not care about early retirement as much as I used to.  Why?  I think I’ve found a job I can really love doing, which for me is a bit shocking to discover.

You see I’ve always considered work a bit of necessary evil in the world.  I do a job to get paid and I use that money to pay for the basics in life and then save a bit for my dreams.  I’ve never considered finding a good paying job that I might actually love doing.  Yet during my last vacation here I’m starting to get a really odd feeling I’ve never had before about going back to work:  I’m looking forward to going back to my job!

For once I’ve actually found a job I might consider continuing to do even if I become financially independent, which to me is really odd find.  I expected to sort of like my job, but to like it this much is really unusual for me.  So the offshoot of this new feeling towards work is I’ve become a bit disinterested in my own blog and the concept of early retirement.  Strange, but true.

I finally get the idea that is you love what you do, being financially independent becomes less important to you.  So my focus really has not been on this blog as of late and I’ve also found working on the book project a bit more difficult lately.  So does this mean I’m going to stop?  No, I still enjoy writing, but I might start injecting a bit more time on some fiction work as well to help balance my interests out a bit more.

I’m not sure what all this means in the long haul.  I’ve yet to think that much about it, but I’ll keep you posted on my thoughts as they develop.

So for those of you who love your jobs, do you care about early retirement or not?  Or for those of you that don’t like your job, is that your main reason for planning early retirement?

10 thoughts on “I’m Starting to Not Care About Early Retirement”

  1. Having a job that you love and that enriches your life is kind of like money in its own right. I’d still like to be financially independent (not have to work) but you can certainly find yourself enjoying the best of both worlds.

  2. Well “free at 45” is free to stay at work as much as anything else, at least you’ll have the option. It’s great and rare you’re loving your job though, because god knows I haven’t enjoyed work since my bartending days.

    Jobs change over time though – supervisors and subordinates, location, coworkers, clients, office politics, responsibilities, whatever. You might change your mind again at 45!

  3. well, how long have you had the job? those warm, fuzzy feelings might wear off after a year or two.

    for me, the chief reason i don’t like work in general is the necessity to be at a place at a specific time then STAY there for 8+ hours daily. I hate getting up in the dark in winter and driving home in dark. It’s not so much what i do there once i get there, but i don’t like feeling i’m trapped there til end of day. And yes, my turbo-charged retirement savings are chiefly driven by a desire to exit the rat race and rediscover myself at my own leisurely pace.

  4. I’d argue that if you love what you are doing (compensated or not), then you are already retired.

    Let’s say I am working my Joe Job to someday retire and spend my day fishing, while my investments “pay” me. Then tomorrow, someone offers to pay me to fish. Am I now a professional fisherman, or am I retired, with a more diversified income source?

  5. I agree with Fern. For the most part I like my job, I just don’t enjoy the long hours required to keep it. I hope to downshift in the next 5 years so that I have more time with the wife and kids. My retirement also includes owning my own business.

  6. I like James’ definition.. if you’d do it even if you didn’t get paid and you are financially secure then you’re already retired! 🙂

  7. I really like my job but I still focus on financial independence. What I want is to be able to walk away, not necessarily to act on that but to know that at any time where I decide to pack it in, that option is open to me – whether it’s 45, 55 or the day that my boss decides to tell me that that I need to do more with less and to suck it up. The freedom to walk – that’s what I’m saving for.

  8. I agree with the above comments – there is a difference from being retired and having the ability to retire. The fact that you may not be focussing on retiring at 45 doesn’t mean that the ability to retire wouldn’t allow some peace of mind in case at some point you didn’t feel like working anymore.

  9. Interesting that most people are focusing more on the FI side of things. The option to leave rather than a specific desire to go.

    I agree with Guinness416, jobs change so having the option to leave is always nice to have. I know I’ve seen some jobs degrade badly with a change in management.

    Tim

  10. My husband loves his job. It’s flexible, interesting, and he gets paid to work at his hobby (investing). He said if he won the lotto he’d still work.

    I think if I liked my job as much as him I wouldn’t really care about early retirement.

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