Fireworks, American flags, Bottle Rockets, Sparklers, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, BBQ – A list of things that might make you think of the 4th of July. That day is our Independence Day. It’s a celebration of our country declaring the 13 original colonies as a new nation. This was essentially the birth of our country as we know it today.
Fast-forward a few hundred years to today. We now live in a land of opportunity. We now have an opportunity to declare our own Independence Day. What day is that? For each person, it’ll land on a different day.
It’s our Financial Independence Day!
- The day you finally break free from the golden handcuffs.
- A day of declaring your independence from your job.
- That day your new life begins with less worry and more opportunity.
I’m not talking just about retirement. People can retire, but not be financially independent. The same goes for the other way – you can be financially independent, but you don’t need to be retired. Just because you have the capability to leave work, doesn’t mean you need to if you love what you do.
I choose independence! Light the FIREworks!
Whether it happens when you’re in your 60’s or earlier, it should be a day of celebration! Geez, throw a party! Why not?! After all, you’ve worked so hard to make it to this point in your life.
Personally, my financial independence day is a moving target. It’ll probably end up landing somewhere between the next 5-10 years, but impossible to predict. When that day does get here, I can promise I will celebrate that day until my remaining years on this Earth. Birthdays are over-rated! Bring on FI Day!
Just don’t forget your wedding anniversary! – That’ll ruin the rest of your life! 😉
Look back and celebrate the journey that brought you to where you are today. Even if you haven’t achieved financial independence yet, it’s beneficial to reflect back at the good times and the bad. Our founding fathers didn’t get to where they were without a solid look at what they wanted out of life.
Nobody is perfect, which is why it’s important to reflect and make adjustments. I guarantee that no one who has ever achieved financial independence looked back and thought that things went exactly as planned. Life likes to throw curve-balls every once in a while. Make sure to adjust your swing.
If you aren’t there yet, don’t get too caught up in the numbers. After all, you have a life to live today. Appreciate what you have now whether you’ve made it or not. Life is an amazing thing!
You don’t have to spend a ton of money to enjoy your life.
- Take a hike
- Go for a picnic
- Go see free fireworks
- Hang out at the beach
- Go for a bike ride
- Have a bonfire
Get outside and enjoy that vitamin D! You can spend time back inside when the sun goes down.
Highway To Heaven
If you still haven’t declared a day yet, then there are steps to help get there sooner.
- Save today
- Increase your earnings
- Change your habits
- Find the right size house
- Steer clear of taking long breaks
- Create a plan
There are plenty of actions you can take to make that day come sooner than you ever thought possible. One step at at time. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is your Financial Independence Day.
So the question is…