If you’ve been reading about financial independence and retiring early (FIRE) for very long you’ve probably heard a few of the following comments from non-believers about retiring early:
“I don’t know what I’d do all day if I retired!”
“I already watch too much TV.”
“I love my job! There’s nothing I’d rather be doing.”
This post is about a recent Sunday I spent and, more generally, what I imagine an average day will look like after I call it quits. Here’s the schedule from last Sunday:
9:00am – Woke up with no alarm. Brushed teeth and got dressed. Checked email, then cruised around the internet for a bit.
10:15am – Made and ate breakfast (green smoothie and pancakes), then put together a slow-cooker meal that we will eat for lunch through the following week. Then made bbq sauce (family recipe) to go with the pulled pork we’ll be making later in the week, and made some vegetable broth.
11:30am – Cleaned up the kitchen from the morning’s work, then decided to learn the chord progression for a new song on my guitar (the song was “Unanswered Prayers” by Garth Brooks). After getting the new song down, I ate some lunch then kept playing for a little more than another hour. The intro to “Time in a Bottle” can always use a little work. 🙂
2:15pm – Rode my bike to the gym. Warmed up, worked out, cooled down, and stretched. Rode bike back home.
4:00pm – Ate a snack and seasoned the steaks for dinner that night so that they could begin denaturing (should have done this earlier but they were still awesome). Then cruised the internet, did some blogging, and read some sports analysis.
5:00pm – Cooked dinner consisting of steaks, mashed potatoes, and salad. Then ate dinner and cleaned up the kitchen.
6:00pm – Made Mrs. Dragon and myself an after-dinner cocktail, and just visited with each other for a while. You can see our kitchen timer “Thurston Howell The Bird” looking on in the picture.
As a side note, we tried to enjoy our cocktails on the back porch, but after Mrs. Dragon found and killed a black widow spider we decided to come back in.
6:45pm – Watched a couple of episodes of Parks and Rec.
8:00pm – Got ready for bed, then read for a while.
10:00pm – Lights out 😉
I’m not saying it was a perfect day, but it was pretty great. I got some exercise, played my guitar, and made a lot of delicious food. I also had plenty of down time to goof off. I could have also spent that time working on projects or running errands if I had needed to do either.
In short, I just enjoyed my day as it came to me. I decided I wanted to play my guitar so I did. When I wanted to exercise, I stopped what I was doing and went.
Financial independence isn’t about the money. Any financial blogger would tell you the same. It’s about options and, ultimately, freedom.
The ultimate luxury is being able to spend your time however you damn well please. That’s what we’re working towards. I want more days like the one described in this post, and fewer days where I work 8-9 hours and then come home to prepare for the next day of work.
How about you? What do you expect your days to look like when you stop working?