I read with interest on the blog which the made decisions make him a different person during the course of 12 years. He started his first job and realised that he was jaded, upset and tired of his routine. He quitted his job for the first time. After his departure from the first job, he realised that unemployment was fun. However, he needed more money to keep it going. Hence, he went back to work again with a goal. The goal was to earn more money to extend the joy. He quitted his job for the second time. He was perfectly fine for a significant number of years. He learnt the benefits from being frugal.
The first employment taught him that he was happy with lesser items. He was fine to be unemployed and the sun will still rise when he is jobless. The world does not come to an end without a job. This allowed him to go back to work with a goal to “retire” early.
When he left his job for the second time, he initially thought that he did not have sufficient resources. He still needed three or four years of accumulation to get financially free. Therefore, he expected to go back to work sooner or later or perhaps get some part time stint. He chanced on a freegan lifestyle. It opened a whole new world and perspective for him. It is not easy for many people to see or accept it. When he was introduced to it, things just clicked. His expense dropped tremendously. His lifestyle increased and even got better. He had more food, better quality food than the circumstance in which he used the money to buy. This is because he bought cheaper stuff as it’s more value. He got free stuff and these things are better than the situation in which he would use the money to buy.
The above circumstance resembles me in some perspective. It is important to take the active steps and make changes or adjust expectations so that one will be able to live the life one want to achieve. I will remain frugal and look for ways to save money and live a simple life.
I believe that the mindset will change over the years. I strongly believe that one should have more balance in life. FIRE is not about saving hard and retire. The consideration of whether one should have a job, varies from each individuals. In the event if one has a job without the worry of having to depend for such job for survival, this job should make one happy, keep one entertained, keep one occupied, and hopefully one get some form of return from it, which enable one to enhance the lifestyle.