Is it me or is the pursuit of financial freedom a kind of quasi-counterculture movement for which there is some serious resistance?
Read the comments of a piece written about someone retiring in their 30s and you would think that the person retiring had done something to harm those comment trolls.
In January, I posed a question via Twitter regarding one of my favorite topics: the journey to financial freedom.
@twocuphouse being told that I’m not “fun” if I say no to something
— Freedom From Money (@taymilam) February 1, 2016
@twocuphouse Lots of ppl are hung up on the mortgage pay off thing. “Think of the tax break you’ll lose.” Think of the debt I’ll ditch!
— Penny (@picksuppennies) February 1, 2016
@twocuphouse living in NYC and learning to say “no”. I’m pretty good at it now ?
— Fervent Finance (@ferventfinance) January 31, 2016
@twocuphouse nothing too harsh, only the usual “but you can afford it!” It’s hard to explain that it doesn’t work that way. :/
— J (@heyitsjustmoney) February 4, 2016
Lately, I’ve been asking myself this:
“Who do we need or want in our lives to help support our dream of financial freedom?”
Who can we find who believes in us? Who supports us? What do we need to do to surround ourselves with the right people?
I don’t think we’re the only ones with these questions or concerns. Thus, we’ve taken steps to expand on our PF progress by surrounding ourselves in our offline lives with like-minded individuals who share similar goals and trajectories. We joined a FinCon Local meetup. We also joined a Mastermind group for real estate investing. And we started Money Club.
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If we want to take our journey to the next level, we need to further distance ourselves from the mainstream way of thinking and focus on other ways we can join the counterculture. Frugal living and aggressive savings are great, but they aren’t enough. Attending FinCon 2016 will be another awesome step forward, but still, we’re relegated to these gatherings but once a year. I haven’t figured out how to unite all of us in real time, but I’m thinking a Blab or Google Hangout is in order in the future. 😉
Maybe you’re in Generation X and a little less jaded than I am. Maybe I’m just burned out from spending too many years (and way too much money) “figuring out” what I’m supposed to be doing with my life.
For the first time in more years than I can count, I dream again and make big plans for the future, even in the face of certain uncertainty. While I might not know exactly where I want to head next, I know I don’t want to spend 260 days every year for the next 30 years indoors. I want to spend large portions of the rest of my life in hiking shoes, not heels.
So the next time someone has a harsh word, sarcastic retort or even an off-the-cuff, glib comment regarding your personal finance journey, just remember the timeline they’re on and then shift your focus back to the timeline you’re on. Stay calm and carry on. 🙂