Today my Bride and I celebrate our 13th Wedding Anniversary.
We’ve been together for 21 years. Not bad for a couple yet to turn 40 🙂
Today crosses another threshold for me.
The total number of calendar days until I am no longer gamefully employed 151 days. But when you take away for weekends (44 days), holidays (3 days) and a few vacations days here and there (4 days) I have 100 days of work left. With our planned departure date of October 14, 2015 (give or take our weather window), I have been planning to work until September 18th. This will give me 4 weeks to deal with last minute items like selling the car, stocking up on spares and supplies, cleaning out our small storage unit, finishing up those projects that seem to just keep dragging on, etc. It’s really getting hard to believe it’s this close.
A few years ago, I remember having a conversation with Tom and he told me the last year would fly by. Man was he right. Our original plan was to cut the lines on my 40th birthday in late June. I feel like we would be totally unprepared if that was still our departure date.
When I think about only have a double digit number of times I need to wake up on a schedule to sit in traffic to go sit in a box to earn freedom chips (thanks for that term Capt. Fatty) it is surreal. We know we will have to work again someday. Our savings won’t prolong us forever. But we don’t intend to return to corporate jobs on a career path basis again.
“I went to the [sea] because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life. And see if i could not learn what it had to teach and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau [with a slight edit]