I’ve talked to more than a few folks who want nothing less than to retire. They are desperately clinging to the last gasps of their career and “easy money” (despite having the age and likely resources to retire). When I tell them I will be retiring as soon as I can afford to there are looks of surprise, mock envy, and judgement. Inevitably, they always ask why. Here are just a few of the reasons we’re pursuing this lifestyle:
- Experiences: Our lives will be a collection of experiences not a collection of stuff.
- Connectivity: Both Mr. Moe and I have jobs where we are expected to stay connected during our personal time and Mr. Moe is often called to take care of issues on the weekend and evenings.
- Nature: To have the time to explore this amazing world on our schedule instead of cramming it into the nooks and crannies of our weekends with a throng of other tourists.
- Travel: We both have an incredible desire to see more of the United States and the rest of the world. Travel connects us more to the world and allows us to explore our own spirituality and calling.
- Physical and Mental Health: Sitting behind a desk for 8 hours a day will be traded for hiking, biking, yoga, meditation, exploration, and peace.
- Hobbies and Passions: I love to write, read and learn, and would love to explore other areas of who I am and what passions seek me. Mr. Moe loves to make art and create – both of which he’s done little of in his traditional working years.
- Getting Involved and Giving Back: We want to give back to society in our own way. Through political activity, volunteer work, etc.
- Family: We want the privilege to help take care of our extended family and be there for them as they are older and watch our nieces and nephews grow up.
It all comes down to the privilege of living on less, having less, enjoying more and slowing down. The world is going by too fast. Time cannot be unspent. If you’re pursuing a similar dream, what is YOUR why?