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...

Recognizing Water, Part 1

There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says "Morning, boys. How's the water?" And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over...

The Last Days of Negotium

The title of this blog is inspired by an idea from the ancient Greeks and Romans two millenia ago. Namely, that the desired state of humanity is otium, a Latin word that refers to "leisure" time or, more precisely, being in control of one's own time....