This is a guest post by Dave, who is also looking to retire no later than 45, but unlike Tim has no kids and doesn’t want any. Dave is from Ontario and is working towards his CGA certification.
I generally don’t do things just because that’s the way that it’s always been done. If I can find a better way of doing something or a method that makes more sense to me, I will make a switch in what I’m doing rather than continuing down the path I am on. There are a few areas where I think I do things drastically differently than most people (perhaps not most people here, but most people that I interact with):
Early Retirement: This is an obvious one, being a writer for this site but I think it differentiates me from most people. My goal is to exit the workforce as soon as possible, hopefully by the time I’m 45. I have no disdain for people working past this point, but generally they are doing it not by choice but because they have bought so much “stuff” over the years that they are unable to afford to retire. By the time I am in my early 40s, I hope that I am able to choose whether I want to work or not. Most people don’t really think this way or have a real exit plan from the workforce.
How I eat: In the past year or so, my diet has changed significantly. I have eliminated everything from my diet but fruits, vegetables and meat. Conventional wisdom (at least in the past couple of decades) generally states that a diet that is high in saturated fats or cholesterol is the next thing to eating poison (as I did a year ago). Reading study after study showing positives of eating fat I feel comfortable with the dietary changes I have made, and altering my diet to contain only things that can be grown will hopefully allow me to live a longer, healthier life.
No kids: I wrote about this in my first post on this site and haven’t really revisited it on this blog since. My stance on having children hasn’t changed in the past year or two – my wife and I still don’t have children or have any plans to in the future. Not having children really goes against convention, and it has taken a while for my wife’s and my families to realize that we really aren’t going to have children. I think we would be great parents, but we really have no interest in giving up approximately 20 years (or more) of our life, it just really doesn’t seem worth the time or resources for us.
Those are three areas (of many) where I don’t necessarily follow the conventional way things are done. I am happy with the choices that I have made, but at times these choices create some very interesting discussions. I generally don’t start these discussions with other people and tend to avoid talking about my choices, as people seem to get very defensive when questioned about why they’re doing what they’re doing (mostly because they haven’t really thought about it).
What do you do that is contrary to the “normal”?