A common topic of discussion among my friends and coworkers these days have been, "How much money do I need to retire and not work for the rest of my life?"
At first the idea of not having to work for the rest of my life does seem incredibly attractive. I can do anything I want with my time! I no longer have to attend meetings! I can read all the books I've ever wanted to read! I can just play with my dog all day!
But if I really think about it, I think I'm actually the type of person who enjoys having tasks and producing things (or maybe what some may call a workaholic).
During my last two job switches, the plan was to take an extended vacation and not worry about finding the next gig until a few months later. Both times, I've gotten so antsy that my time off ended up being 2 weeks instead of 3 months.
So the question for me comes down to: "What would I do for free?" If I didn't have to worry about money to live comfortably, what would I do with my time to feel both happy and productive?
My line-up of Thursday morning meetings consists of all the projects I'm most passionate about, and I think that's how I came to the cheesy self-realization that I'm at a pretty good place right now in terms of how I want to spend my time and energy.
I guess this is more of a reminder for myself that I shouldn't have the same goals as everybody else. If I'm happy doing what I'm doing, and I'm earning a salary to comfortably support myself and my family, then that's all that should really matter.