@CL: You jinxed me! Something about the road trip sent me crashing back to reality, I'm still trying to figure out why.
@wolf: I think money is solved at this point, yes. It's just a matter of time as long as I maintain my current trajectory. I don't see any cause for my trajectory changing as there is plenty of work out there as far as I can tell, and I'm predicting my expenses to go down and not up.
@suo: I was double jinxed!
@MI: I think kid 2 is off the table haha, that leaves plenty of time to dance in underwear.
The road trip was fun and many memories and photos were had, it's always good to see my parents (more so now that I'm aware of my own and their mortality), Zion and Bryce were neat, Zion was my favorite. All that said, I don't want to go on another road trip in a looooong time
I'll fly next time. California is next to the great american desert, so the driving consisted of 90% super hot no water zones and 10% things I'd like to see. If I do another road trip I'll fly over the desert and rent a car somewhere I've never seen before. I've criss-crossed the great desert 10+ times in my life, no desire to do so again.
I've been really moody and negative upon my return. I think it has to do with focus and scheduling.
Re: scheduling. I've noticed that I need to have part of my days allocated to accomplishing goals, part to exercise/physical joy, and part to being a lazy contemplative bum. Once again, what sounded amazing while working did not sound as amazing while not working. Gone are my dreams of lazing on the beach all day, in is the practical reality that I start to get depressed if I'm not getting goals accomplished. So now I try to get in some app work or studying, exercise, projects (I started my novel!), reading, and meditation in a balanced manner. Doing all one thing or the other doesn't do it for me.
Re: focus. Now that I don't have external pressure shifting my focus all day with work and the like, I tend to fall in to negative moods and not snap out of them if I'm not careful. I have to consciously adjust my focus on the good things, otherwise I can end up depressed. It's really weird how this works. While working, I would have figured I'd feel like I was on top of the world while not working. Once again proving that I can't predict what I'll actually want to do or feel like when not working. The road trip was kind of stressful, and I think I shifted to being anxious.
A balanced schedule, some productivity but nothing overwhelming the entire day, consciously choosing what to focus on, etc seem like they may be the key to my eventual retirement.
It's also still amazing to me that I STILL feel like I don't have enough time in a day. At least I'm doing what I want now though, and not what other people want. But it almost feels like my days are shorter, because I want to do so much.