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I am on track to FI/RE in 9 years at age 42. But I am burnt out. Considering stepping away for 6 months to a year to do something cool, but don't want to fuck up fi/re. Help me see the forest through the trees? I've been a delayed gratification kind of person my whole life. Sick of waiting.

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I don’t see the point of FIRE if you are not otherwise enjoying life. FIRE at 42 is great, but maybe even better to FIRE at 43 or 45 if these 6 to 12 months are going to be life changing. I wouldn’t wait to die at an old age and consider my only achievement in life is FIRE.

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Agreed! Fire isn’t about sacrificing your young years happiness to retire early. It’s important to enjoy all your years!

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9 years is a long time especially if you hate your job. None of our futures are guaranteed. Take the 6-12 months and enjoy life while you can.

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The RE part of FI is overrated. The sacrifices some make to RE often feel way too high, IMO

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I’ve wondered about this on this bowl. I feel like most people actually just want to be wealthy lol - not retire at 40 and live on $1K/month in Thailand or on a farm in rural Oregon or something, which are the types of scenarios I think of when I think of true FIRE.

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It makes me sad to see people chained to a desk for their 20s and 30s and obsessed with spreadsheets. You don’t get those years back. And it’s a quick flip- at 40 you realize, wow I’m middle aged. Not that you can’t still have fun, but the bloom is indeed off the rose. Enjoy your youth, work when you’re old.

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See if your company offers a sabbatical or short term leave. The job will always be here, take care of yourself first.

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What is your FIRE number if you don’t mind me asking? Are you single or have a SO? Kids? I’m impressed with being able to FIRE at 42

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I'm a lone wolf for life.

There’s no question here. You have the answer. Take your sabbatical, see the forest yourself.

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