Tag: FIRE

Below the Surface

Frog lies below the surface of water

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 the sun when it’s hidden behind clouds or a creature who lies below the surface of water, the desire to quit is still there, even if it’s not totally visible or I don’t feel its presence as strongly.

Should I Quit Now or Later?

Woman confidently walks down an office hallway, holding a box with her belongings, after she quits

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 embrace the unknown, to pursue my best life sooner?

Hello FIRE, My Old Friend

A group of people roasting marshmallows around a campfire

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.

Recognizing Water, Part 1

One yellow fish passing by two green fish by Dr. Seuss

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 at the other and goes “What the hell is water?” -David Foster Wallace

The Last Days of Negotium

A villa with a fountain and statues of the founding of Rome in Tivoli, Italy

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. While the concept of otium comes from a bygone era, it remains very relevant today.