Dear Future Self,
You’ve done it. You’ve f*cking done it. You’re FIRE’d. You don’t need to go back to work. You don’t need to slave away on strict schedules and timelines. You can instead spend time with those that matter most to you: your friends and your family.
Speaking of which: those people might not believe you. They might think you’re unemployed, or in between jobs, or going through a mid-life crisis. Let them keep believing that. All that matters is you understanding what you’ve done and appreciating all the effort you put forth to get to today.
By now you might also have kids. They probably won’t know what to tell their classmates when other kids ask them what you do for a living, so make sure to invent some white lie answer, like “investor” or “freelance <insert new and popular field>”. In any case, your kids are going to either love you for being a very present father, or hate you for being overly present.
What this means is that you’re also going to have to do things that keep you busy, since there’s no job that’s going to force you out of the house. So try new hobbies – maybe get reading all those books you’ve neglected, or try your hand at volunteering at that cool and hip local non-profit. Give back to the community that helped you get to this point in life.
If that doesn’t quite do it for you, there’s also no shame going back to your old roots of working a part-time menial job. It’ll get you talking with people and let you keep your sanity. Your partner will probably appreciate too, because there is a large chance she may resent you if all you do is sit around playing PlayStation all day. Plus – that’s bad because it’ll make you fat and your metabolism wasn’t what it was 15 years ago.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that you’ve finally got options. You are truly the master of your own time. You’re not auctioning it off to the highest bidder anymore – you’re just you doing you. So take the time today to appreciate what you’ve done. Sit back. Smile. Go for a walk. But remain grateful: it’s taken a lot of luck and kindness from other people to get where you are today. Never forget that and give back. Because who knows, maybe you’ll make new friends who will FIRE with you, too.
Your Past Self (2018)