Otium in the Time of Cholera (or COVID-19): Initial Lessons and Observations

It's been nearly a month since my company proactively mandated that employees work from home. All businesses in my area, except for grocery stores and other essential places, have been shut down.

I'm still getting used to this new normal. But, this unexpected change has given me a new perspective...

The Joys of Being Free On a Workday

When it comes to free time, I certainly enjoy my weekends and vacation time. But, there's something particularly wonderful about being free (not working) in the middle of a workday that makes me positively giddy. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, I count my lucky stars....

The Decade Past and Next

As the calendar flips to 2020, I'm jotting down some thoughts on the past decade and the one ahead. The past ten years were quite eventful, with more ups than downs, but I'm still not quite living my best life as I write this. ...

I Am Not (Only) a Tool

A hammer exists to hammer things. When it's not being used, it just sits there, available for someone to pick it up. To the extent anyone gives it a second thought at all, a hammer is generally viewed through the perspective of how well it performs a limited set...

Becoming Like Water

It used to annoy me endlessly to receive a work assignment during evenings or weekends. Often, as I was working, I would daydream about a hypothetical future where I had quit my job and off-hour obligations were a thing of the past. But, after the past weekend...

Avoiding Going the Wrong Way

I recently received an email from someone looking to hire the head attorney for an early-stage company. Normally, I wouldn't give headhunter emails much thought, but this email came from the experienced CEO of a fast-growing startup that's backed by an impressive list of investors....

What I Talk About When I Talk About Otium, Part 2

In Part 1, I previously wrote about self-explanatory, easily describable things that I want more, less and none of in life (such as more free time and less looking at a screen). In Part 2, I explore more abstract ideas, concepts and goals....

What I Talk About When I Talk About Otium, Part 1

I'm still figuring out what living my best life means. That said, I feel like I know enough to know that I'm not currently living it. That's because tomorrow, like today, I will go to work...

Below the Surface

When I started this blog, I often actively thought about quitting my job, although I continue to put off acting on that urge. However, occasionally -- like now -- the urge to quit subsides. Like a creature who lies below the surface of water, the desire to quit is...

Should I Quit Now or Later?

These days, I often think about how much longer I should (and can) stay at my current job. Staying would certainly help my goal of pursuing otium and financial independence. But at what cost? Is financial independence worth sticking it out for a few more years, or should I...

Hello FIRE, My Old Friend

I first heard about the term FIRE, in reference to the Financially Independent, Retiring Early (or Financial Independence, Retire Early) community, about one year ago. Discovering that community was like finding long-lost family that I hadn't known existed. ...

Are We There Yet?

Not yet. And, since we're here, I might as well define "there," so we know where we're going...