“My story is unique. Not because I climbed out of a simmering pit of debt. Not because of some side hustle that netted me a million bucks a year. I am unique because my path to financial independence was quite accidental.
Based on my experiences, I am going to claim something rather counterintuitive. Financial independence is not a goal! Financial independence is plan B. An escape hatch! It is a secret pathway, a hidden door, an option when things go south.
I know it’s easy for me to say this being comfortably FI. But if I have learned anything from this path, it is that retirement is not a goal. It’s a goal post.”