Following is a quote from the blog linked to below. The author documents their lives on 66 acres in Vermont with their two young children. You may find it interesting.
My focus is the entire concept of financial independence retire early (FIRE). As you see this man “retired” at age 37 – fourteen years working because it was “time to bow out.”
Is it any wonder why someone like me who worked in a formal job from age 14 to age 67 has a hard time grasping this? Well, I do. I started as a mail boy, the lowest paid person out of 15,000 and retired nearly fifty years later and today 14 years is enough.
Companies are different, employees are different, the relationship between the two is different, worker attitude is different. For many doing what one wants to do comes first, it must be nice.
Too bad I won’t be around in the future when all the consequences of this are known.
Mr. FW’s Early Retirement Ok enough about the mortgage. The second profound life change this spring was Mr. FW’s early retirement! With that, we’re now officially FIRE’d (financially independent and retired early), with the caveat that I continue to work part-time as a freelancer. Mr. FW loved his job as a software engineer and was with the same company for 14 years. He started on the ground floor as the fourth employee and one of his duties was to empty the office trash cans (although “office” is a strong word for the damp, carpeted room above a bar they initially worked out of). He’s proud of the work he did there and feels a strong sense of commitment to the organization. But after 14 years, he decided it was time to bow out and let others take the helm. We began working toward FIRE in April 2014 and, synchronistically, he retired seven years later in April 2021 at age 37.