One of the main reasons for writing this blog is to document my thoughts and feelings throughout this journey. I hope it can be helpful to both myself and to others who may start this journey after me.
It’s now the 6 month anniversary of my termination from my company. I’ve already written posts of my 1-month, 2-month, and 3-month anniversaries so you can see the evolution of my thinking.
Once things started to settle down, I settled into a routine that actually was eerily similar to a typical work week.
Even my wife started saying that I was as busy (or even busier) than before. I began to realize that I still had the mentality of an employee, even though I had no employer to pay me!
But in the last couple of months, that started to change.
Everyone has heard of the quintessential question, “What would you do if money weren’t an issue?”
In the past, I would just answer with lofty goals like: found a start-up, travel the world, end poverty, save the whales, etc.
But now, even though I’m not quite FI, I’m feeling out possible answers to that question.
Something pretty unexpected happened during the third month of my unemployment. Amazingly, my anxieties and stress about money, which were always in the background ready to jump to the fore, faded to a quiet murmur. I started to become beyond money.
At least for now.
And when I say beyond money, I mean that money no longer engenders in me the negative emotions as it did in the past. Instead, it allows me to conceive and achieve my goals.
It’s now been 2 months since my termination from my company. I was actually not sure what to expect once the frenzied paperwork subsided. (Please see my post on my 1 Month Anniversary which was a roller coaster of emotions.)
I’m definitely not the most self-aware person. I’m just not in touch with my feelings – something which my wife tells me often. So I’m starting a series to reflect on what I’m going through post-termination.