I remember it always being difficult, difficult to pay for everything, difficult to come out ahead, difficult to convince myself it was worthwhile.
But I really didn't have much choice except to work, find the best job I could get and work.
The pay-off seemed to come from pushing through the difficult parts, pushing through the drudgery that was necessary just to have money to buy what I
needed or wanted. I remember doing jobs I didn't like, especially jobs I had early-on and wondered if I could get past those kinds of jobs. But after
I pushed myself through those and they didn't bother me anymore I was able to move on to better things.
Even when I ended up in my career doing what I liked to do it was still difficult keeping the routine of days and hours, weeks, months, and years on
end. And in that time my priorities changed about what I thought was important.
Eventually came a time when I had everything I wanted, could buy anything I desired without looking at the prices. And after a few years like that,
still not always liking that I had a routine of going to work regularly but not bothered much by that, I expected I would probably work another ten
years and retire with house paid-off and not debts or obligations. Then the bosses came around taking volunteers for early retirement with a
separation bonus so they coulod cut the workforce without lay-offs. I had seniority so It would not be me to get laid-off, and out of my whole shop I
was the only one without excessive debt - other than house and car payments - so I took the retirement deal.
I was 53 when I retired. For someone 24 that sounds like almost another 30 years of drudgery but 53 is young when you can leave the workaday world
behind. I sold my house before the crash, moved to the highlands of Mexico where the weather is always great, cost of living low, and a government
that doesn't interfere with your personal affairs. I have been retired five years now and love every minute of it.
I can look back and remember when I was in my twenties and it seemed impossible to make it this point 30 years down the road. I remeber it wasn't
always terrific. I remember it didn't seem natural or worth the trouble. I do not feel worn-out, I feel lucky to have made it out as young as I still
am and have a hundred little projects to keep occupied with. I take trips when I want and even with a reduced pension for retiring young I have plenty
of money to do the things I want to do.
Looking back it doesn't seem all that bad. It may seem impossibly far down the road to you yet, but I wish you the best of luck and good judgement and
that you can get ahead of the odds and do as well as I have. I didn't plan for these days I am living now - the best and most enjoyable years of my
life - I merely kept pushing through when there seemed no end in sight. And I made it!
edit on 11-2-2011 by Erongaricuaro because: (no reason given)