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Author: mpkear Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 757698  
Subject: Re: Downer Date: 3/28/2001 9:59 PM
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It certainly heightens my own current malaise about Living My Life on Other People's Terms, as the working world seems to me, and makes the FIRE burn more fiercely.

I know what you mean. My mother died about 16 months ago at the young age of 55. All 4 of my grandparents are still alive and between the ages of 77 and 88 or so. I never figured that one of my parents would die before my grandparents.

This completely changed the way I think. I am no longer a hard charger at work, striving to be the future chief. I enjoy my time off and try to spend more time with the kids and wife. Went to piano class and watched my oldest boy struggle with trying to hit off of the pitching machine in his "rookie league" tonight.

Life is here to be lived and enjoyed. I say screw work, yet, there is some good to it. It gives me my paycheck which allows me to pay the bills and save for ER. There is also a bit of socializing at work that I enjoy. That being said, I am counting the days, actually years, until I can be FI/RE.


Rider, I hope you have good memories of your supervisor. Yes, it is a shock. When my Mom was diagnosed with Lou Gehrigs Disease, I knew that she would be dying. 2 1/2 years later it was still a shock. Mom will always be Mom and she lives in my heart and thoughts. I wish the best for you.

Mark :-)



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