7Wannabe5 wrote: ↑Sun Mar 21, 2021 8:37 amI so don’t grok this problem.
OTOH, I think it is often the case that we lock ourselves in too tight in our lifestyles/budgets in ways that limit our freedom beyond need to work full time for other. For instance, it’s more difficult to keep yourself busy/amused with projects/activities/excursions if you don’t have anything resembling a workshop...
It think the GRS article Jacob linked to above speaks to some of my reservations. I've always been a high performer/high achiever type in school and work. Through work, I have a lot of access to information, opportunities, technology, and relationships that I would never have as just a "regular guy" growing heirlooms, reading for leisure, going for hikes, and hanging out at home. I'm okay with walking away from my career, but I want to make sure I'm transitioning to something that wouldn't be possible while working.
It is possible this is all just an internal narrative or story I'm telling myself to give me the courage to walk away from a traditional career/life. I'm probably too wrapped up in what other people think. It's a lot easier for someone to think, "Oh, WRC is living in Buenos Aires or Medellin, studying Spanish and pursuing photography" than "WRC quit a good-paying job and just lives in the same small apartment".
I also think I would be more content retiring in place if I had my own home or land. I'm currently in an apartment, which is great for our phase of life, but I don't have a lot of space and my ability to tinker on projects is limited.