I was talking to my friend Jen recently when she asked a fantastic question. It was posed to her about a year ago. Here is how it went down:
Jen had just retired and was on a trip down to Oaxaca to celebrate. On the plane, she sat next to her friend Sean. Jen was telling Sean about all of the side-hustles she wanted to work on in retirement when he said this:
What if you couldn’t make money for the next year? What would you do then?
Jen was speechless. Much of what she had planned revolved around making more money.
I love this question because a lot of us in the FIRE community (me included) think like this:
OK, I just retired! What’s my next hustle?
Shutting It Down
A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.-George Bernard Shaw
The problem with many of us in the FIRE community is this:
To retire early, you’ve probably got a pretty good handle on life. You’re a motivated human. You’ve figured out how to make a healthy income and have worked hard. You like money and the challenge of earning more of it.
Now, you’re retired. How do you turn all of that off?
Shaw’s quote completely resonates with me. I believe that we all need work in our life. However, that work doesn’t need to make money. It could be:
- making stuff out of wood in your garage
- remodeling a room
- biking across the country
If we add money into the equation, everything changes. You’re not working for yourself anymore. You’re doing something with the hope that someone pays you money for your efforts. Another job.
If I couldn’t make money from the project house Mindy and I bought, would we have purchased it?
Ha! Whoops! I just got myself a part-time job.
I’m still sorta OK with it because we’ll move into the home when the kids move out. However, we could have just bought a house at that time. Besides, maybe we won’t even want to live in the house in 6 years.
Enough about me. What about you?
What if you couldn’t make money? What would you do?
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