FIRE and money
For the last couple of months I’ve read a lot of different FIRE blogs. From new, fresh ones, to pretty old-timers and iconic bloggers.
Unfortunately, almost every post I’ve read was about the same topic. And this topic was money.
Dah… FIRE stands for Finencial Independence Retire Early. What else can FIRE bloggers talk about?
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind money. And I definitely don’t mind talking about money. But people tend to forget that money is just a tool for something else, something bigger.
It’s not about money.
Generally speaking the word “retirement” has its own negative aftertaste if you wish. People don’t like it. Plainly it means you’ve worked the whole life and now you’re old. I don’t like this word either.
I’ve been living in Russia for the most of my life and in my motherland this word is even worse than a curse. It means you’re almost dead and living below the poverty level.
Early Retirement in addition to Financial Independence is different. It changes the whole aftertaste of this ugly and unpleasant word “retirement”, at least it does it for me. It changes the whole perspective of my life from “Have to” to “Want to”.
FIRE is not about money, no. Money is just a tool, that gives you FREEDOM. Freedom to chose.
Recently Mrs. FR and I had a conversation:
Mrs. FR: What if I like to do what I am doing now? What if I like my job?
Mr. FR: Excelent, FIRE doesn’t mean you have to stop working. But today, even if you like your job, you go to work because you have to, not because you want to.
Mrs. FR: Yes, you are right.
Mr. FR: FIRE gives us a choice that we don’t have today. We do what we HAVE to do.
Financial Independence is not about money. It’s about freedom. Freedom to say YES to new opportunities, freedom to say NO to extra work on weekends and holidays. Freedom to start a business, freedom to help people, freedom to inspire others and be inspired.
FREEDOM FROM THE GOLDEN CUFFS
Remember, FIRE is not about money.
WHY Is Important
If money is not strong enough motivator, what is? There should be something else than just pile of money. Money is WHAT, it’s an object.
But WHY you need money is completely different question and motivator. As I mentioned above, every person has its on strong and unique motivation. I can tell you about mine.
I have two big enough WHYs:
I would like to travel all over the world on my motorcycle.
One day I will hit the read, hopefully with my lovely wife, and we will ride all over the world. Without having deadlines or restrictions. Riding all over the world, meeting the people, learning their stories and sharing our journey with them.
Teach and inspire others. Show them that the American Dream is alive and everyone can live it.
I do believe that American Dream is alive; and I believe in it. I believe that everyone can be successful in America, but it requires a lot of hard work, sweat and determination. Your origin doesn’t matter. Your skin color doesn’t matter. Your faith doesn’t matter. Your accent doesn’t matter.
Only your hard work, god’s help and health economic environment matters. And I write this blog to share my story and inspire as much people as possible.
What’s is your why?
I asked my twitter followers why do they pursue financial independence, about their dream and I like what Money Money With Mew replied back
My dream is to someday be able to make and teach pottery, and not worry about having to sell it. #earlyretirementgoals
— Money with Meow (@MoneywithMeow) July 2, 2017
Why do you want to be financial independent? Is it just because of money? Or you have another bigger and more powerful reason. What’s your reason? What’s your why?