Early Retirement. For many, it’s an impossible dream. For others, it’s a reality thanks to years of savings or planned inheritance. I can’t imagine anything worse than leaving the workforce, because other than work, I’m uninspired by life.
Don’t get me wrong, I’d appreciate more flexibility in how I spend my time — I’d love to be able to take morning art classes during the week or go for bike rides in the early afternoon, it’s just the idea of actually retiring seems so depressing. Getting to work means getting to be a part of something where the sum of your own creations adds up to something even greater than what you could do on your own. And it’s exciting to be part of an organization that is properly financed so this can be accomplished.
If my job required mundane, repetitive tasks, perhaps I’d feel differently. But I can’t imagine going years without working, even later in life, until my mind is gone and my body is frail. Work isn’t just about money, it’s about having the space and freedom to create. I hope, even if I somehow find my way to financial independence, my passion for work never leaves me.