No trades are likely this week.
music selection: “I Know It’s You” — Crystal Method
weigh-in: 210.6 (1.0) – four consecutive weeks of progress.
Mondays are suddenly great. It used to be Monday was about the worst thing ever. Now, I look forward to the trading week starting back and being able to go places without crowds. Walmart is a joy at 10:00 AM on a weekday. No one blocking the progress of your cart through the aisle, shelves are not picked over, and checkout lines are speedy.
People still ask when I’m going back to work. It is so far out of the ordinary that even after almost 5 years of early retirement, people still think its just a temporary phase. Seriously, I don’t plan to ever go back to the old way of living. I might take paid work again. But it would be a low stress, part time, and fun job. Like for example being an usher at a live music venue. Minimum wage and free concerts? Yes, please.
Health improves when you remove a major stressor and time suck from your life. My weight and blood pressure are both down. I sleep like the dead. This is maybe TMI but even my bowel movements have improved. Smoother and more vigorous. I honestly think work stress releases hormones that are binding agents.
Casual clothes for the win! Short pants or blue jeans all the time for me. And more importantly, comfortable tennis type shoes. I did an MBA and never once did I attend a lecture where the professor presented empirical evidence that comfortable clothing was a major driver of lost productivity in the office. Work dress codes are a little absurd in that respect.
Family relationships improve when you have time to put into them. Dad still drives me crazy. But I cherish the time we spend together now. We have lunch three or four times a week now and just chit chat about trivialities. I help him cope with his smartphone and home PC. He makes sure I keep two rolls of paper towels in every room. I don’t understand that obsession but it is harmless, I guess.
I’ve become a morning person. I used to need an alarm to get up and I resented the klaxon every time it went off. My greatest joy was in rolling over for five minutes more. Now I get up naturally with the sun. I look forward to day (even Mondays!) Sure, I still sleep in once every couple months or so just because I can. But usually I spring right out of the bed and get the day started without even needing coffee.
Pandora has a monthly listening limit. Somewhere upwards of 400 hours in a month and Pandora insists you pay to keep listening. It is great to be able to consume as much music as my heart desires. But Pandora should rethink their policy because it is acclimatizing me to Spotify during the last few days of the month.
Boredom is not a problem. It was at first, but after about six months of breaking in to FIRE; you discover you enjoy having some void time. It is meditative. Most early retirees I’ve talked to are more busy than ever. It never happened to me. There is maybe a little Peter Gibbons in me.
Devour your prey raptors!