Many people seek early retirement because they hate their job. When we mention that we enjoyed teaching, people are naturally confused, so a common question we immediately get is: Why? If we loved it, why’d we quit? If we enjoyed what we did, why were we so eager to leave?
Our answer is simple: We loved teaching. But there are other things we love which we wanted to do as well. Traveling the world. Both of us being home to raise kids. Having a full time job inhibits these time-consuming things.
We may not be completely done with teaching, as it so happens. Ali still occasionally has dreams of being a teacher, and we think teaching overseas might be a fun challenge.
But we wanted to become financially independent so that we could teach if we wanted to, not because we had to. Don’t you think a student would benefit from having a teacher who has a burning desire to teach, rather than one who just needs a paycheck? (The two obviously aren’t mutually exclusive, but neither do the sets completely overlap.)
The thing is, though, we taught for nearly a decade. A decade is enough time to do anything, in my opinion. One of my favorite SMBC Comics explains why:
If you’re FI, did you quit a job you love? Or if you’re not yet FI, what lives do you want to explore? Let me know in the comments!