I only just started reading FI blogs (Financial Independence), and the running theme is how much they hate their jobs.
My partner is sort of in that realm. He is working like a mofo to reach FI (comfortably) so he will never have to wake up and deal with these people again.
Me? I’m not so much into that.
I guess I just want to say that maybe I am in the minority out there, but my mother and I, both LOVE OUR JOBS.
We love being smart at work, we love going to work, we like feeling and being useful, and I like being organized and getting things done by helping companies thrive.
I just want to say…
It is OKAY TO LOVE YOUR JOB.
You don’t need to pretend you hate to work. I don’t.
My manager talks all the time about hating his job and wanting to retire. And so does almost every colleague I meet.
Me? I’m not like that. I say: “Well.. I love what I do. It’s really fun. It’s interesting…” but I guess no one sees it like that, it is more a chore to get over with, so they can save for retirement and go eff off in their Florida abode, drinking maitais on the beach.
I guess it’s the reason why I am not really into saving like some crazy person. I save a good chunk, I enjoy life.. I spend a little here and there.. but it is all because of a few factors:
1. I AM STILL YOUNG
I have a good 30+ years to go before I retire at a regular age.
I have lots of time left to work. Why rush to work and save all this money only to wait around and be bored in my 40s or 50s?
2. I LOVE MY CAREER
I am good at it, and I enjoy going to work even early in the morning.
I am challenged (mentally), I like working with a good team and trust me, my team is AWESOME here, the best I have worked with thus far.
I also like a little flexibility and free time and this particular contract is well-located (the commute is ridiculous, it is so great without traffic), and the flexibility to work from home is not ideal (I could work from home… but am encouraged NOT TO), but I can sort of come in and leave almost any time I want.
3. MY CAREER GIVES ME SOMETHING TO DO WITH ALL THAT TIME
I mean 40 hours a week is a lot of time. I stayed at home with Little Bun and was literally climbing the walls.
A nice compromise would be maybe a part-time job. 20 hours a week, 20 hours left to do what I want…
I suspect that is what I really want.
4. I ALREADY DO WHAT I WANT TO DO
I cannot figure out what I’d do if I retired.
I’d .. cook more? Eat more? I have no idea because I really.. don’t know what I want to do that I don’t already do.
Travel more perhaps. Read..?
Aside from that, there is only so much I can read and do to relax. I’m one of those types that has to fill her day with THINGS TO DO and ACTIVITIES.
Plus, blogging I guess would get more time if I were retired, as we all saw when I was off with Little Bun, but I already blog as much as I want while working.
What’s the difference?
Maybe more sleep. Yeah. I’d get more sleep. I’d nap more.