john mcginnis wrote:"It is not fair to retire at age 42" -- Travis
Boy that shows a mindset right there. Travis that is exactly what most would say and its sad. That is a slave at a drone job, consume, get gold watch, watch a few sunsets then drop dead sort of thinking. We have lost the understanding as to the idea that an individual can be a producer and not just a consumer at any age.
"Well, you cannot just not have a job Travis". That was what my own father told me, who incidentally, retired 3 times becaue he just could not quit. In fact we had a retirement party for him on Saturday, and on Monday he was back at his old job, working, just not for money.
But they are filled with consumerism. I make no bones about it, my mother is a shopaholic, the cities she goes to are based on one day of the week it is. (Monday=Belfast, Tuesday=Bangor, Wednesday-Newport, etc). They also have a 5,280 sq ft house. They also have a garages and shops that add up to 8 garages in size. They do buy everything in cash, and are not exactly poor, but it is out of control. They either spend $5500 in oil to heat their house, or 16 tons of pellets!
THAT IS NOT ME. I am a minimalist.
I love our new Tiny Home, a concept my parents just cannot understand. My father is forever thinking about additions for this place, but me...while my wife and I do not have a bedroom, we are trying to devise ways to make our home work without adding on. Small does not have to equate to "cramped", and that is what we are doing as we add creative storage solutions here and there.