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In today’s post we will learn about what it means to live frugally. There are many people that dream of retiring early. You might feel the same way. Early retirement is not about having a lot of money. It’s about having choices. It’s about finding yourself. You need to discard that old stuffy image of retirement where couples buy an RV and take up touring the country, or just sit around at home and occasionally play golf. Early retirement is a lifestyle and it is unique for everyone. It is life-changing and unexpected. It will change you in unthinkable ways. It will bring you all kinds of things: happiness, balance, change, freedom, time, travel, family, motherhood, and health. But, most of all, you will find yourself.
When you’re in the midst of all of this money-saving, a change comes over you. At first it’s subtle and you barely notice it, but after practicing all these Mustachian principles for a few years, you find yourself suddenly free from society’s expectations of you. You’re in another realm altogether.
You don’t care if you wear the same pair of pants three days in a row. You don’t care if you don’t know last night’s hockey scores. You might actually start to feel sick in big department stores from all the excess. And, you are beginning to feel happier.
It takes a while to reach this level of anti-consumption, but if you keep it up, you’ll get there. And, when you do, things start to make a lot more sense. Saving money becomes ridiculously easy. You will suddenly realize why depression and health problems so often go along with debt problems. You learn about yourself because you’ve shed your skin of consumer culture. You’ve taken a step back and you can finally see yourself and everything around you much more clearly. You figure out what matters and what doesn’t. And, you learn this much earlier than most people which means you have the rest of your life to be happy.
Hope this helps. Come back tomorrow for more inspiration.