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.