The important things you have control over
We have some degree of control over all the things that can greatly affect our lives: relationships, health, success, and of course money.
All of them benefit from mindfulness, from investing time and effort in them. In all of them, prevention is better than cure.
I had a really stressful experience this week. The admin at work sent me an email implying that I would not be able to continue with an important side project.
Faced with the choice between stable, comfortable employment and interesting and potentially much more rewarding work, I felt sick.
I would have to resign in order to continue with my project. Or shut down the project in order to keep getting my regular paychecks. Neither of these was a pleasant option.
I didn't want to give up either of them. It was too early.
My eventual goal is financial independence. For me that means that I can live comfortably entirely from passive income from investments. I want this because I think it will give me freedom. The freedom to do what I want with my time without needing to worry about paying for rent, food, or nice notebooks.
The thing is, we're not there yet. The choice I was suddenly faced with would put us back 5-10 years in our journey to FI, and drastically reduce my quality of life.
The situation is not fully resolved yet, but it's looking hopeful.
This experience, while unpleasant, has been a useful one. Recently I've been getting complacent as my financial plan seemed to be coming together.
This was a nice reminder that we aren't there yet, and perhaps there are some things we can do to get there quicker. I don't want to be as stressed as I was on Monday night again for any preventable reason.
How about you? Can you cope with a drastic change in your employment situation? Would you want to?