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michaelangela inquires,

How did the un-RE work out? You describe some of the disappointments of RE (cashflow, boredom). Any "evolution" to those thoughts post re-entry?

Yes, I have thought quite a bit about those disappointments and how to overcome them for the next go-round. I like your choice of the word "evolution". An important discovery for me was that for an ER, there is no cut-and-dry path. You try different things and turn up a lot of blind alleys. As someone has spent many years in a profession that demands logical thinking, careful planning and accuracy, ER life has been a big adjustment for me. So I'm learning to live with the uncertainty and to see failures as part of the evolving process.


One of the criteria I set for my un-RE time period was to maintain expenses at the post-RE target level. All excess would be applied to savings, investments in my infrastructure, or work-related expenses. That way re-entering ER lifestyle will not be much of a financial adjustment. To-date, I have been pretty successful at doing this.


Here's my thoughts on boredom.

The only postscript I'll add is that many days at work can be mind-numbingly boring. And usually the methods available to cope are more limited then when you're not working<grin>.
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