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"what keeps you going on the way toward FIRE? It's a long, long-term goal for sure, so how do you keep yourself motivated along the way and also enjoy your life?"

My parents retired before reaching 50 and died before reacing 70. They were happier during their retirement than at any other time in their lives, they were more socially active(even as relative recluses),
and just enjoying life. That was a great role model, and though I might not make it before I get to 50, I don't plan to miss it by much.

My motivation comes from setting goals on where I have to be to retire and being concious of staying on track, plus there is always that background push to improve on your parents legacy.
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