Power Of Options

I received some inputs from the readers on the lack of time on blogging. This makes their blogs look less updated on a totality basis. My answer to them is that if you have no time, don’t blog. Blogging should be an activity in which one should enjoy spending his/her time and contribute his/her ideas on the posts in the blog. If the readers have such mentality and thought, it will be very miserable for the readers as I am of view that such thoughts will make the readers loathe blogging which I feel to be not the first intention for most of the people.

Time is of different perspectives. Some people have a lot of time and some don’t have the luxury of time. That’s life and it is up to one to make the necessary action on the time allocation.

Let me share with you my personal take on my personal encounters.

During my previous full-time employment, I found myself to have insufficient time. I left home for work at 7am and reached home at 1am the day. I slept about 2am the next day, taking into consideration on the time spent on writing the post for the day. I have about three hours of sleep on every weekdays. I used the weekends to catch up on the loss of sleeps incurred during the weekdays. I know that such routine was unsustainable in long run. I would end up saying “Goodbye” in this planet, Earth sooner have I continued such hazardous schedule.

I thought and pondered on such routine and thought of ways of making a change. I came to the conclusion that the only appropriate way was to quit the jobs. I did not want such lifestyle to take a toll on my health any further. I decided to tender my resignation in April 2019 and the existing carefree lifestyle comes to fruition in early May 2019. Such lifestyle is in existence as till to date.

I manage to have the time for daily exercise and find myself to be healthier than before. I eat simply and this further enhances my health. I might have updated in my previous post that I have achieved FI. This is based on 25 times my annual expenses (which also include the family allowance). I do not let myself rest in laurel on such knowledge and take steps to eliminate unnecessary expenses to the best of my ability.

Some of the readers might not like my approach in reducing the expenses in view of downgrading the lifestyle perks. As I have mentioned before, this is up to the individual’s preference. What is ok for me, might be not ok for some of the readers. It’s the matter of adjusting accordingly to one’s preference. I do have some implication in some unnecessary expenses which are unavoidable. It is the cable TV in which my retired parent insisted to have in the daily schedule. I include this expense about $150 per month), in the yearly expense. I offset some of these expenses from my expense (mobile phone expense – reduced to less than $20 per month). I know that this is not much offsetting. It beats better than having no offset at all. I am in midst of reducing my mobile phone expense to less than $10 per month with the knowledge of new phone operator entering the market in the country of my residence.

The above example goes to show that one always has options at his/her disposal. It’s the matter of sacrificing some of the perks in exchange of the peace of mind. Some of the readers may not agree with my approach. Once again, I will give the same response as “To each of our own”.


Author: firewtk

A middle-age Singaporean currently having a minimalist and simple lifestyle. I am not longer in full-time employment with effect from 1 May 2019. I try my very best to write one post per day on this blog. The purpose is to share my prevailing thoughts to interested readers. It is up to the interested readers to decide whether they want to take action in embarking on the FIRE journey. I do not gain anything from this blog and it is solely for sharing hopefully for the benefits of all interested reader. WTK

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