Hi- Long time lurker. Having a case of the Sundays after a week of vacation and was reading the Epic FU series, figured I would sign up officially. I am doing my cross-eyed best to fly this 747 into retirement (thank you Karen Black for the screen name). DH and I already have large 401(K) retirement 'stache in place and are working on a big cash bridge to live on until we can withdraw that penalty-free. We are both engineers and have lived well below our means our entire lives. No debt, no mortgage, last kid almost done with college on a cash flow basis. We are the Millionaire Next Door in every respect and when we read that book 20 years ago instantly recognized ourselves as prodigious accumulators of wealth, PAWs. Shared the book around and were surprised at how many friends said they could never live that way (what? as a millionaire? it is easy, so much easier than an under-accumulator of wealth, UAW).
So when to pull the rip cord and FIRE? Certainly before I am 50, though the hubby may want to work longer since he is less disgusted with working life. For me, that date is almost exactly 3 years if I can stand it that long. My health is starting to suffer from my high-stress job. I do have FU money but the working gig pays pretty dang good so staying in the game will assure I can jettison easily before I am 50, so I just have to practice meditating through the crapola. I am pretty good at calling BS and not putting up with it at work but it still gets under my skin too much. I am torn for all the reasons we all know about and discuss here daily.
I read Dr. Doom's blog, livingafi.com, and align very much with his attitudes (love you, Doomie!). I realize I will never enjoy a job- any job. I resent spending my life pursuing work that is unsatisfying and makes me nauseous every single morning. Seriously, I feel sick every day I go and I start dreading Mondays on Saturday mornings. I lead a team of technical experts and I love my group but really loathe the company. I am a good boss and my group really seems to like me too since I am not a company hack, but it is still a high stress environment. Dr. Doom has a great chart of fears/emotions/realities and even though I could leave right now I still can't bring myself to do it. It is not OMY, it is TMY in my world. When I was 20 I said I would be done by the time I am 50 and I have cleared that financial bar by 5+ years but still can't do it. Perhaps it will take a medical crisis for me to wake the hell up, God help me.
In any case I am glad to be on the board and perhaps making a contribution here and there will offer a nice outlet as the goal becomes nearer and my spine becomes stronger.