Now that the fun is over, I’m resigned back to a life of dull monotony. You know the drill — wake up, go to work, leave work exhausted and stressed, relax for a few short hours, go to sleep, and then start the day all over again. What a lovely life…
Since I just arrived back after a three week hiatus from paradise (Hawaii), naturally, you might have guessed that my spirits took a plunge off the deep end.
That’s ok. Hawaii was obviously a tease, but I did learn some valuable things that will help guide me further in my quest to early financial independence. In particular:
- The world is vast and there are lots of places to explore, things to do. It would be a damn shame to go through life and not experience as much as possible. When I look back, I want to have ZERO regrets.
- Believe the hype. Hawaii is absolutely gorgeous. The weather, the beaches, the environment, people, everything. I really didn’t believe Hawaii would live up to the hype because I expected so much from it already. Still, it exceeded all my wildest imaginations. I found heaven on earth.
- I don’t want to settle! For instance, I’m definitely not a cold weather person. Even the Bay Area is too cold for me around this time of year (except this Winter, which is unusually warm). There are places out there, like Hawaii, that provide warm weather all year round. If such a place exists, why not move there permanently? I’ve seen snow… I love to snowboard. But I can definitely do without it since I prefer to be in shorts, tank top, and flip flops year round.
- I want a tropical paradise. Hawaii may be out of the cards because the cost of living is so high. To have my cake and eat it too, I’ve started to entertain the thought of living overseas. After all, it’s my life, so I get to direct and star in this motion picture. Why not live in a cheaper country where your dollar goes a lot farther? The only real point in living in an expensive area is to make a lot of money. Once you’ve achieved this goal, why not go someplace cheap so that you can maximize your hard work? Lately, I’ve been thinking about the Philippines, Thailand, Bali, etc. I could even island hop… 6 months here, 6 months there, etc. If things really don’t work out, then I’ll try and find a creative way to end up in Hawaii (semi-retirement/part-time gig).
- Back to the topic of weather, I believe it can have a profound impact on your daily life. I seriously believe if I lived in Hawaii, it would easily add 10 to 15 years to my life. When the weather is so absolutely perfect, it prompts you to go out and do things. In the Bay Area, I have no interest to go to Santa Cruz beach. However, when I was in Kaanapali, I was lured to go swim in the warm, clear water.
- Motivation is now at an all time high. I’ve seen the alternative to “Life in a Cube”. That movie is a rotten tomato, and I want sooooooo much more out of my motion picture. Let’s make this happen. Let’s shoot for retirement at 30. There’s a lot of life to live and I don’t want to waste another moment.
What about you? Have you gone on any vacations that changed your outlook on life? Where do you want to ultimately end up?