I live an unconventional life and people naturally have questions about it. Here are the answers to some of the questions that I get regularly.
How can you afford to not work?
I worked in financial services during and immediately after graduating college. Although I wasn’t raking in endless cash I was very good at what I did and was well-compensated for my work. A lot of my former colleagues spent their earnings on cars, bottle service at clubs, expensive apartments and pricy vacations. My wife and I (see note below) lived in a relatively inexpensive apartment and spent very little, saving over 75% of our earnings. A lot of the incredible experiences that I have had over my past
three seven years of non-employment have been surprisingly inexpensive, in some cases even free.
Do you get bored?
I consistently feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day for me to do everything that I want. While I definitely remember being bored at work, I can’t remember a time that I have been bored since I quit my job. I have many interests and projects, and for those instances where I’m unexpectedly waiting for something or someone, I try to always have my phone and a book with me.
You had a good job! Why did you quit?
A lot of people assume that I quit my job because I didn’t like it. That is not true. There were parts of my job that I didn’t enjoy but there were plenty of parts that I loved. I quit my job because I like what I’m doing now more. Spending the bright and sunny part of the day basking in a sea of fluorescent lights and LCD monitors isn’t my idea of a good time. The best thing about my job is that it enabled me to take this time off.
Do you think you’ll go back to corporate life?
While I have been quasi-retired for
three years a really long time, I can’t do this not working thing forever. But the more time I spend away from a corporate office the harder it is to imagine returning to one. When I start earning money again I want to be working for myself.
You lived in an RV?
For three years my living space was about 150 square feet and I loved it, in large part because my backyard was many orders of magnitude larger: national forests, canyons, cities, parks, rivers and small towns. I lived wherever I wanted and when I was ready for a new experience I simply turned on my house and drove off. In 2016 I side-graded to a larger RV. Hang tight and I’ll report in on whether or not that was a clever idea.
Where do you live now?
I live by myself in a fantastic two-bedroom house in Austin, Texas. This is the first time I have ever lived in a house and I’m digging it. That said, I’m pretty sure that I could transition back to a tiny space without too much difficulty. Where I park.
Note: Some of the writing above uses the word “I” when “we” is more appropriate, as my RV travels and pre-Austin life were with my wife Ayo. She is a cool chick but we’re not together anymore. I use the word “I” for simplicity and consistency on the blog.