If This is Early Retirement, I Can’t Wait

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Having a coffee in front of the Pantheon in Rome

I’m having one of the best coffee I’ve had in a long time. For me, a cup of coffee has long been associated with some sort of relaxation, an excuse to slow down and have a break or a way to meet friends or co-workers for a chat (sometimes both).

Which is why today’s coffee is so great.

I’m on the last few days of a busy 3-week vacation through Europe and after going through Spain, France and now Italy, we’re taking it slow for a few days in Rome.

La Dolce Vita.

By what appears to be a magical contraction of space time, the present and the past have merged together. Everything appears to have slowed down. Way down. This is almost surreal. I’m using a 21st century tool that has a useful lifetime of maybe 6 years (a Macbook) to write in front of a building erected before year 0 even existed. And there’s no doubt it will still be standing in year 4016.

Life is amazing.

If this is a what Early Retirement looks like, I can’t wait.

Am I silly thinking this is how (early) Retirement looks like? Have you had such experience before that made you suddenly excited about Early Retirement? 

-Nick.

PS: This is a short post today between a visit of the Pantheon and the Colosseum. I’ll be back on a normal post length next week once early retirement holidays are over.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. I wasn’t thinking about early retirement then, but on a field trip to Le Mont St. Michel, we ahd a free day to go explore a nearby town named Granville. It was an awesome town, and after checking out some left over air defense posts and generally wandering around, my friend and I stopped at a cafe similar to the one in your pic, and we just sat and had a couple of coffees and got to relax. Most of the trip had been hiking around on tidal flats, digging in the banks of rivers, etc… I think back on that now as “Yes, I can’t wait to sit around slowly sipping some coffee.” Which is the same type of idea where we got our blog name. 🙂

    • Slowly sipping coffee… Indeed, that is exactly how I felt. You guys nailed it!
      We went to the Mt St Michel a few years back and I agree that this is a perfect place to relax and take things slowly.
      Retiring in France or Italy would be nice too 🙂

  2. I don’t think I would characterize your current thoughts as “silly.” I, too, catch little glimpses of what early retirement will be like. For example, today has been leisurely so far. I slept in until 8:30, ate breakfast with Mrs. Superhero, and now I’m drinking coffee and reading blogs like yours. I think I could handle this on a permanent basis someday. 🙂

    • It’s funny how the simplest things are the best, right? And they don’t cost a thing!
      Thanks for reading FinanceSuperhero and have a great week!

  3. Having the luxury to buy time is definitely what FI looks like. Now I don’t go to Europe for any less than 6 weeks, usually more like 2-3 months haha just came back from 3 weeks in Texas and felt that I barely landed and had to go. The added time just leads to more mindfulness and enjoyment of the moment.

    • I wish I could take 3 months off to Europe, but this isn’t compatible with being an employee 🙂
      “The added time just leads to more mindfulness and enjoyment of the moment.” That’s precisely why I’m looking forward to early retirement!

    • Isn’t it the best to have this flexibility to use the time with your family as you wish?
      I’m glad to hear it’s given you even more motivation! Having a goal is great but keeping the motivation high is even more important. Enjoy the week-end!

  4. This sounds fantastic. I do long for the day of FI. I was just thinking about my number this morning. I might need to rethink it, simplify our lives more, and do a bit more European Travel, but I can’t complain too much with my job. Congrats on the trip…it sounds great.

    • Jason, I highly recommend European travel for the diversity of countries you can experience in just a few weeks.
      Good for you that you’re enjoying your job, this makes your journey to FI more enjoyable than many 😉

  5. Just got back from Rome and ate some over priced food in that same cafe. In fact, we stayed in an Airbnb in one of those buildings on the right – 5th floor with a balcony overlooking the pantheon…it was awesome. Fyi, that obelisk towering over the fountain in the middle of the square is From the reign of Ramses II..way back in BC time.

    • How amazing, you guys had a perfect spot!
      I didn’t know the story of that obelisk, this is even more impressive. Visiting Egypt must be awesome, it’s another country on my bucket list. Can’t wait to go there either.

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