I’ve talked about this in bit and pieces under the Goals category, but I thought I should organize our life goals into one post. Hopefully, this will outline our priorities and shed some light on why we choose to do the things we do.
First, I’d like offer what I am afraid people think our life goals are:
- Find the highest paying job possible. Work long hours, but tolerate it for the money.
- Live a very spartan lifestyle, with minimal luxuries and worrying about money constantly.
- At age 65, abruptly stop working so hard, finally relax and begin enjoying our life. Hopefully live long enough to enjoy this period.
In fact, that’s not what we want at all:
Actual Goal #1 – Finding A Job That Fits
If your going to spend almost 50% of every weekday doing something, shouldn’t you enjoy it? Sure, even great jobs have their challenges – bureaucracy, boring meetings, office politics, the occasional annoying co-worker. But finding a job where you don’t dread getting out of bed in the morning was a huge priority for me. It took a few different degree programs, a couple of resignations, some stressful interviews, and several rejections, but we are definitely making progress in finding work that is challenging, enjoyable, and reasonably well-compensated.
I would also add that having a simple lifestyle initially allowed us to take some risks in order to get where we are now.
Actual Goal #2 – Less Work, More Life