Well, what would you do? I asked this to different people that I interact with on a daily basis. The answers were:
- Fishing and relaxing.
- Spending more time with family, kids especially.
- Find a second job and save the extra income.
- Travel and see the world.
- Begin building up a second source of income so they could leave their current job.
- Finish projects around the house.
- Work on writing career.
- Relax, read, and meditate.
What would I do? I would try to perform a combination of the answers above. Knowing myself I would remain as busy as I am now. I would focus on trying to take the extra income and increase savings/investment properties. I like the idea of being able to spend more time with my family. I feel like when we do have time together we are being pulled to birthday parties, school events or other happenings. I would love a few weeks of just doing nothing with my girls. I know this sounds lazy but some of my best memories are when my girls and I take walks or go to the local park.
The ideas I would not pursue would be fishing/relaxing and traveling to see the world. Both of these would leave me worse off then before this windfall. The fishing and relaxing would lead to laziness.
While this photo does seem like something I would do, I would immediately regret letting myself become this person. Traveling the world is not something I am against, in fact it is very important for people to experience different cultures and regions of the world. I just know at this stage in my life with two young daughters that this would be more hassle than fun. The wife and I do plan on traveling yearly to help the girls experience new things and build happy memories. I also feel like my salary wouldn’t be enough to travel the world for a year…. maybe the 50 U.S. states.
So now the I ask you the reader this question. What would you do with a full year’s salary and unlimited vacation days? I look forward to your feedback. Sorry I have been absent for a while.
I use to fantasize about being able to do this when in my first career. I wanted to just take a break of being the lead and teacher to everyone on the team and be the student for a year. Taking courses on subjects that interested me either related to my career or not. Like you I wanted to think I would make the best of my time and not just the fun stuff that would also play a part in the fantasy. Now as an early retiree I do take time off between opportunities and I get to live the fantasy.
Congrats on the early retirement. I am currently working on expanding my side ventures so that they can fuel my current lifestyle. I feel once I hit this mark I will then be able to pursue some of these other ideas. Keep me posted on your retirement. I am enjoying reading your blog.
I might just get a package with one year salary and if that happens, am pretty sure I’ll be happily find a second job while working on side hustle.
Fantastic idea. Great way to get ahead in life. Who knows if you find a second job quick enough you could save it all.