Last Monday was great! I had a day off and got to experience what FIRE could be like. It is sweet.
I took a day off and volunteered to teach some basic programming and hardware assembly to kids aged 11-12. It is inspiring to see these young kids and how they are interested in technology and the creative process.
I was more than happy to donate my time to this organisation that wants to show the kids what technology is. We received a course preparation and got the instructions on an introduction night. Seeing the excitement, the creativity, feeling the positive energy and creations is worth all of it. Even when it means that this day off means an day of unpaid holiday at the end of the year. I like to share knowledge and the appreciation you get from it.
Next to that, I got a real slow and relaxing morning with my own kids at home. No pressure to go to work, no train schedule to respect. And in the evening, I could pick them up from school, cook diner for the family and spend quality time with the kids.
That is what FIRE is all about…!
The next day started similar: I had agreed to be a driver for a field trip. Same stress free morning.
That being said, I was happy as well to go to work. It seems that I really like the work and might do it for free… (And don’t tell my boss 😉 ). As I am not FIREd yet, I still need to work for money, so I ma happy to be paid. The point I wanted to make is that the job brings me a lot of satisfaction as well.
When I look back at my ideal definition of work: there was room for 3-4 months of non formal work. That feels about right to me.
// Being absent
As you might have noticed, There has not been a lot of activity on the blog the last 6 weeks. I seem to have a sort of burn out again on blogging and reading other blogs. Life happens…
Part of that is caused by an external curveball… It disrupts the happy being of the family more than I want. And to be fair, blaming it on all on that curve ball would not be fair.
A second part is the lack of priority that I give to the blog. There are too many other things that require my attention and that I seem to value more. I have been working a lot on a volunteer project and for some key meetings at the office. I also started a new hobby. Al these activities ate up a lot of energy.
I hope that the coming weeks will show some signs of stabilisation and that I find the time to write, read and comment again. Only time will tell…!