Bears Come Out to Play

Optimism meets reality.  That’s a concise statement of where I am in the grand scheme to reach financial independence.  Back in 2009, when I first started thinking about FIRE, I figured I would need about $750K to reach financial independence.  I was desperate to get out of the law game back then.  My desperation manifested itself in very physical ways like a constant feeling of stress, discomfort, and uneasiness.  Well, we’re almost at $1M so I’m now way past the initial target I set for myself.  But I’m still at my job.  Why didn’t I leave yet?  Well, I still don’t know what I’d do with myself.  Still trying to figure that one out.  Also, I’m married now so I have another mouth to feed so even $1M won’t go as far as $750K would for one person.  Finally, my job isn’t as bad these days.  Not that it was bad before, but I just didn’t adjust well.  I’ve now hit my stride at work where I don’t have to work too hard to reap the rewards.  I still recognize that there is much more to life than shuffling papers as an attorney.  But now I’m worried I’ll be too complacent to leave, forcing myself to linger in a self-imposed purgatory for who knows how long.

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