Many of us know that physician burnout is on the rise, but I’d like to discuss a different type of burn out that I recently experienced.
Once I drank the financial independence Kool-Aid, I wanted to get there … yesterday. I found myself feeling envious and jealous of others who have achieved FI or those that are already able to work less. Must be nice ….
Impatience spurred lots of number crunching to see if I could somehow get around the fact that time is a pivotal part of compound interest. You can’t.
The goal of a FI is definitely a worthy one and en vogue according to the NY Times. However like all goals, it is not about the goal itself but about the journey. Why is it so important to enjoy the journey? Because tomorrow is never guaranteed.
Sometimes you need to be personally reminded that tomorrow is never guaranteed.
A very important person in my life passed recently. Someone that truly helped sculpt who I am today. I didn’t even know he was gravely ill. He never got a chance to meet Eggy. These moments always cause the world to stand still. They prompt self-reflection. They remind you to be present. They remind you that life is not a series of curated instagram images – life is now.
Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans – John Lennon
So, I am learning to enjoy the FI journey. Perhaps the best part of the journey is meeting other like-minded folks. They are truly a wonderful and supportive community.
How is your journey to FI going? Comment below!