My wife and sold our home in early 2015, and we did it mostly to enable us to comfortably quit our jobs.
I’m not a huge fan of blogs or Facebook pages that show the rosiness of peoples’ lives and nothing else.
There’s this period of transition between full time employment and being settled in your post-work existence known as detox.
I spent yesterday morning — a weekday, a Thursday — sitting on a chair outside a cafe enjoying the last bits of warm weather in New England, just reading and doing a bit of people-watching. Toward the end of the three or so hours of blissful me-time, I realized something startling.
I’ve become that guy.
I was working through my personal mid-year financial evaluation this week, only to discover there’s been something close to panic in the global markets of late.
I’ve recently realized that I should have taken significant time away from work prior to retiring instead of slogging straight through my career since graduating from university, 1999 to 2015, with hardly a letup.
Why have I come to this conclusion? What are the benefits to taking a gap year, or half-year, along the journey to financial independence? What is it about experiencing life away from the office that’s convinced me that I waited too long to take a significant reprieve — and why didn’t I do it? What does it do to the financial picture? And finally, what about the logistical challenges — how might you pull it off, if you’re so inclined?
If you’re interested in taking a non-working sabbatical within the context of FI/RE, this post is for you.