Many that pursue FIRE become obsessed with financial independence. People will set a date when they expect to retire. Some shout it out to the world, while others keep it to themselves, afraid of jinxing it if they share it publicly.
We create excel sheets and compulsively check the numbers by running them through different retirement calculators. We zoom in on THE DATE and suddenly, it becomes the focus of our existence.
Suddenly, we find ourselves living in negative numbers.