Working in banking has some perks that are priceless: you get some top quality time with the kids on Good Friday. Anyone has an idea why Good Friday is a Banking holiday?
The day starts with a normal routine: getting the kids ready for school. After that, I did some household chores like grocery shopping. The real fun starts at lunch time. As my wife and I work both a full time job (correction: my wife does not work on Wednesdays), the kids eat their bread meal each day in the school canteen.
It is high on their wish list to be part of the little group that gets picked up at noon for a home lunch. Bank holidays are such an occasion! Oh Boy, seeing their reaction is priceless.
Rather than taking them home, I decided to offer them a true Belgian fast food meal: French Fries with mayonnaise. Not the healthiest food in town, but for sure it gives a lot of credits to Dad. We only eat this once a month. Far less than the Belgian average.
On Saturday, freed up from a list of chores, the kids choose to go to an indoor play garden. The food this time was an apple for each. Combining sport and good food – heaven. With the kids playing and jumping around, I also have some time to catch up with blogs and videos. Free WIFI is a standard now in most playgrounds
This is probably what life would look like if we were already Financially Independent.
Being able to do this once in while is worth a lot to me and encourages me to push myself towards the 2029 FIRE date. At the same time, it is also a hard confrontation with reality: There are only that many occasion that are available to working parents while perusing the FIRE dream. To me, it confirms that finding the right balance between the FIRE goal and the living now is key to long term happiness.
How do you deal with this duality: Living now vs pushing for an early FIRE date.