A post last month by one of my favorite bloggers Mixing Maroons, got me to thinking about the exact moment I stumbled upon the concept of FIRE. I mean, I had always toyed with the idea, knowing that we should be able to retire early – as in 55, but I had never considered my early 40s as an option.
So let me set the scene – it was a plain, ordinary Wednesday morning. I was (slowly) sipping coffee, and obviously perusing the internet in my office as the fluorescent lights flickered overhead. Work was slow, as it always is in January, with the budgets still being finalized, and everyone still trying to get their neurons firing at normal speed after the holiday break.
I wish I could remember my original search term. Probably something innocuous about investing or budgeting – I know for certain I had no clue in my mind about the rabbit hole I was about to travel down…
TO: Mr SSC
FROM: Mrs SSC
OMG!!! I am dying reading this blog post by this guy called “Mr Money Mustache”
The last line of this paragraph made me laugh out loud:
“You will suddenly be able to fly freely through the world, free from having to work for a living, able to start living life as you choose, doing exotic things like spending time raising your young children, taking a 3-week vacation each month, or just enjoying understated shows of leisure like sweeping your driveway in pajamas at 11am on a sunny Thursday morning.”
I want to do that!!!!
So, that sentence in that email is what lit my FIRE. Do you remember your moment of inspiration?