After working 39 years since I was 14 years old, I am about to leave the work force for good. The org. I work for has been always a politically toxic place led by a sociopath and his equally bad underlings (my peers). For the last 2 years, I have been conning myself that I need to put up with the BS to pad my retirement fund to travel the world, play the best golf courses, eat the best food, i.e., live in style. But the BS bucket is now full. I can't stand another day of work. I am mentally exhausted and no amount of golf is going to relieve the stress I get from work. It is impacting my health. Having lost a younger brother to cancer a few years ago, I know a life can be short, too short to shorten it with a stressful job. My health over accumulating more wealth ...
Luckily, despite making a few bad financial decisions, we are ready financially to retire. My wife and I saved like ants. We lived far below our means for all these years (until recently when we decided to splurge a little to see what it is like). When others in my position were buying luxury cars and expensive houses, we bought Hyundai and lived in a relatively modest dwelling. I knew my relatives were talking behind my back about my "stinginess." We invested any and all disposable income and let the power of compounding do its job. I didn't panic sell when stock market plummeted time after time.
For others who may be reading this blog, I suggest you read The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy Book by Thomas J. Stanley. Anyone can be a millionaire over time holding down a regular job. You too can retire early if you so desire. I know some people need to work to live. They can't separate work from life. That's not me, and that's not many of us.
So ... it's time to call my own bluff. Write that resignation letter. Kiss goodbye to the stock options which is yet to be vested. Sign up for ACA. Make the list of things to do in retirement. Plan on practicing & playing more golf. One more year working is one more year dying. It's time.