How I'm Going to "Retire" Tomorrow
In the United States, the popular idea is to work hard for 30 years, save plenty of money, and then finally relax for the rest of our lives. It's the time to not work, travel around the world, and really enjoy life. The reality is (especially due to the Great Recession) that people need to work for about 40+ years, live very frugally, and hopefully be able to retire with a somewhat comfortable lifestyle.
Why wait so long to enjoy life and all the wonderful things in it? When I show up to work tomorrow, everything will be different. I am going to work like I'm already retired. I am going to make the conscious choice to enjoy what I do every day. Warren Buffett, the 82 year old current CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and one of the richest people in the world, considers himself successful because he does what he loves to the point where work doesn't feel like "work." According to him, "Success is really doing what you love and doing it well. It's as simple as that. Really getting to do what you love to do everyday - that's really the ultimate luxury…"
I am one of the lucky people in the world who get to do what I love to do every day (teach). The more I realize it, the closer I am to presently living and working in retirement.