It is now in the open. My students know I am leaving. And that I blog.
2 of them have left comments. And some are still searching for my blog addy.
I am running my last lectures now. I have been getting wonderful responses for these lessons from the students. The experience deserves a blog post of its own, which I will write in due time.
I get so many questions about the “how?” and “why?”. Most of my students are no more than 16 years old. Even if I explain in detail, it will take many years from now before they will truly understand. Some things just can’t be rushed.
So I will teach them through my blog posts.
You guys love stories. I am going to offer 2 stories here, of real life people who have taken the less traveled path. Someday, you can be like them too. I know many of you are rebels at heart, and not yet chained by modern slavery. You have the hope to be rich and free. I want to open your eyes and mind, to show you this other way of life.
The question is, how hungry and determined are you?
We’re not geniuses. We didn’t inherit any money, start the next Facebook, or win big with a hot stock. What we did is reproducible by anyone.
I stumbled across the idea of FIRE in 2002. This was shortly after the dot-com bust and employers were treating employees like slaves. I needed a dream, something that would carry me through the drudgery of 10+ hour working days full of unpleasant people, problems, and situations.
I am not the only one to retire young. There have been many before me, and more will come after me. Some retire with a lot of resources, but some are like me, retiring with enough. If you follow the trails, you will find many inspiring examples of young retirees who are free to live the lives that they really want.
If you want to explore this path in your life, read my old blog posts and my future ones. Through my writing, you will understand better my thoughts and why I am doing what I am doing. I can still be a teacher to all of you even when I am absent in school. We will meet again some day, and I wish that you will be successful and free then.
Excellence, Respect, Friendship.
This is part of the Departure Chronicles, that writes of this stage of my life when I retire, after 18 years of employment, to live my life free. The other posts in this series are: