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By retireearlyboi
August 3, 2006

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An old friend of mine recently commented that I have "too much time on my hands." I have heard this comment more than once. But I don't feel that way at all. I feel I have just enough.

I am learning, enjoying myself and relaxing. I spent the earlier part of this year traveling in Southeast Asia, I've become an autodidact in the areas of Physics and Spirituality, a teacher, photographer and a writer. I have friends. I cook for myself during the day, and eat healthy food, walk run and hike. Together with friends and family, I raised another $4000 dollars for Cancer last year running the Boston Marathon. That scratched the volunteer itch for a while but there's more of that on the way.

When I return to the states (I go wheels up in September and I am planning on establishing a home in either NH or WA) I am planning on beginning training for doing a "Through" on the AT in the spring. That will consume the larger part of next year.

When I almost died back then in '03-'04 it gave me a lot of time to think about life. You get 85 years, give or take. I am about at the half way point. There is no way I want to spend another day of it fictionalizing (OK euphemizing if you insist) activity reports in front of a computer screen. Whether you're a CEO or a Project Leader, that's pretty much what most modern day western industrialized/information age "work" amounts too.

I just finished going through two podcasts by Robert Kiosaki (the Rich Dad Guy). He has his critics, and to be honest he did not grab me when I read his first book, but I found him somewhat enlightening this time around. One of the things he said was: "Poor people work for money. Rich People have money work for them." I wish someone had taught me that when I was ten years old rather than coming to an epiphany in my later 30s. I think unless a person has a higher calling (e.g., as an employee of their own company, Patriotism or a Religious bent), taking a paycheck is a sucker's game. Until 1945 less than 5 percent of the US population paid taxes. Now everyone is on the treadmill to do the same thing: pay the Government which is over bloated and over spending, on things like entitlement programs which work against people assuming self responsibility and their full potential. Most people are running around commuting 2.5 hours each way doing mind numbing "work" with a huge backpack on their back and what's in it? "The Bank, the Taxman and worst of all: Their Pointy Headed Boss, "

I thank God everyday that I had the courage to quit, and that I have been given my freedom. Sometimes I think it's a dream. I'm quite happy to have a lot of folks out here still taking a check. It keeps people buying houses full of needless stuff that keep my equities running. But I think the saddest thing would be to arrive on ones deathbed only to find that all that stuff is just that: stuff; and that they've never really lived at all. So I think I have just enough time. Least that's how I see it.

-reb


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