I'm not fully to my FI goal yet but (like some others have posted recently) I'm using my (FU) money to walk away from a bad situation in my work/career. Internally of course I'm very proud of my decision and know it's a good one based on hours/days/months of strategic thinking. But I dreaded telling the parents and finally did so tonight. Voices were not raised but the response was hurtful and tough to swallow, as predicted: "I wish I could've pursued other things in my life too, but I had kids to feed." Strangely there was no mention of shiny cars and large houses and lawns. I was mostly cordial and commented that we all have the opportunity to make conscious decisions.
I believe others have said that the family & friends responses and reactions are one of the most difficult things about ERE, and I definitely felt that tonight. It's such a let-down to be so excited about the direction of one's life only to be chastised when the two clashing worldviews collide.