You might know from following me on various social networks that I’ve had an amazing opportunity in the last few months. Since September, I’ve been home with my infant and getting paid 100% of my salary. Now that I have a short time until I have to return, I’ve understood why you need to focus on financial freedom.
The Dire Warnings
Before starting my paternity leave, I was warned by pretty much everyone I spoke to. They warned me on how hard it is to raise a baby. They warned me I would need mom home because dads aren’t good at this stuff. I heard from everyone that I’d be begging to go back to work early.
They Were Wrong
I cant sit here and tell you it was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. Getting used to taking care of a baby is hard work! And as soon as you begin to figure out a pattern, something changes! There were days I wanted to pull my hair out and scream.
I wouldn’t trade a single one of those days.
I can honestly say I’ve had fun in the past few months. I’ve found ways to make my baby laugh. Seen my baby reach new milestones. I’ve noticed the growth and how quickly time goes by. Overall I’ve enjoyed this unique experience.
None of my friends or family members understood why I had so much time off. Mom was jealous because he would be with me at this developmental stage. And it shows! When someone tries to make my son laugh, he looks at me as if getting my approval first.
The Need To Focus On Financial Freedom
I know I don’t want to work until 65. I’ve known my financial freedom number for a long time. I know what I’m working towards.
This is my confirmation.
I wrote some time back about things money can’t buy, but the truth is we need money. But time is what we all eventually run out of. If I retire by 55, my son will be 25. That means he already graduated college and is probably not living with us. What an amazing difference it would be to retire 10 years before that.
Now I’m not saying I have a magical way to cut 10 years from work. Nor am I saying that him being a teenager would be the most fun experience as a parent. But it makes you think of the time you will have together with your loved ones. Eventually family moves on, whether its someone passing away or just someone moving away, it’s important to enjoy every minute you can.
The Journey Isn’t As Fun As The Destination
When I travel, I generally don’t care about what airline I choose. The plane is just a way for me to get to where I’m going. I don’t find the actual travel fun.
Likewise, on this Financial Freedom journey, the journey isn’t the easiest. You’ll experience turbulence along the way. You’ll feel a bit cramped with the little leg room you have. Budgeting isn’t easy, sticking to the budget is harder.
You need to have a vision before you see the need to focus on financial freedom. You need to know where you’re coming from and what you want to change. If your kids are grown, start preparing for those grandkids. If you don’t have kids, start preparing for your cats (or travel). Write down what you want to do post-retirement and expand on it monthly! I’ll never have the opportunity to see my son all day every day for months during his infant months, but maybe I can prepare myself to spend as much time as possible with him when he is older. That’s why I know I need to focus on financial freedom. I have too much I want to do to spend my week at work.
Why do you need to focus on financial freedom? Let me know in the comments!