Monday, March 9, 2015

A Letter From The Future

Below is a letter I received from myself. 10 years into the future.


I just wanted to let you know that it's been one hell of a ride!

It feels like it's just yesterday when I was standing in front of the cash machine with a balance of $72 in the bank. Can you believe it's been 10 years now?

Well, I can't. 

Just a week ago, I was walking down the street with the biggest grin on my face. My wife said, "please wipe that off your face, you look absolutely ridiculous". 

I had on me a black jersey-like T-shirt, a pair of fitting jeans and my trusty old Timberland shoes that I bought 5 years ago. For a moment it felt like nothing really changed. 

At the same time, it felt as if everything changed. 

We walked into a casual French bistro. I ordered an angel hair pasta, she got herself a Pumpkin Fagottini (don't ask me what that is... I have no clue either). We had a glass of house-poured wine to go along with the entrees. 

I said, "life's good isn't it?"

She nodded. 

About 6 months ago, I left the rat cage. It was, by far one of the hardest decisions that I had to make. You know the post I wrote about The Director when I just started White Collar Freedom? 

Hah! Ironically I ended up becoming him - minus the disillusionment. 

I had his paycheck, minus the Maserati and the large mortgages. I hate to do this but I have to give some credit to myself for staying true to this journey. I saved 60-70% of my large paycheck and used it to build the freedom fund. 

Eventually I found a rat cage that was spitting out good benefits, insurance for my family, and various entertainment allowances. But along with that came a package of office politics, unending targets and an insatiable demand for my time. 

One night at the office, I got an email from the boss. It read:

"Where were you over the weekend?! Did you just leave your phone in the drawer and go surfing all day? It is not a hard question."

I knew it was time. 

I checked the freedom fund that was growing over the past 10 years. It is now almost a million dollars and it's spitting out dividends of $5000 a month. My rental properties are now generating a rental income of $2000 per month. 

I was ready to leave the cage for good. 

All I can tell you is that the past 6 months was bliss. My wife and I took long walks down the breezy streets, nonchalantly savoring the simple pleasures of life. We were never into extravagance anyway. 

Oh, and did I also mention that the French bistro is ours? It's what we do now. I'm writing this on a Sunday night and it's the best feeling in the world to know that I will not have to take the long morning commute to work tomorrow. 

Because I'm free now and I promise you that this is all real. 

And it only happened because I took the first step 10 years ago to own my future.

Writing from the future,

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  1. Where is the French Bistro located and whats the name of it? I will set a reminder for 10 years to come and check it out.

    Its awesome to have the sort of clarity to write such a letter.

    I have no doubt this will become your reality.


    1. It would probably be something like Bistro du Liberté. But I'll keep you posted. Haha.

      Fingers crossed.

  2. Also, there doesn't seem to be a way to subscribe to comments. So I don't know to come back unless I remember. This may keep other readers from coming back as well.

    Just a heads up in case you care :)

    1. That's a great point. I can't seem to get that feature up on Blogger...hmm, I will work on it. Perhaps enabling Disqus instead.

      Thanks for your great always :)


    2. Hey man, I just discovered that there's actually a "Notify Me" checkbox at the bottom right of this comment form....

      That should do the trick!

  3. Great post. Love the visualization of long-term commitment, and including a romantic partner as the centerpole of that ideal is spot on!

    1. Visualization and reverse engineering the whole thing works for me :) Welcome to this little white space Simon!

      *Here's a shout out to any Hollywood producers out there who wants to make a film out of this!*

  4. Fantastic idea. Seeing the end of the road (even if it's 10 years from now) really makes your current decisions weigh a little heavier.

    1. I'm always motivated by what I can visualize. 8/10 times it materializes. So why not try it with this freedom journey :)

  5. It's interesting you both decide to have Italian food at the French Bistro. :P But hey, you own it, so you can have whatever the heck you want. I looked up pumpkin fagottini, because I was curious. It kind of reminds of butternut squash ravioli, which I love. Mmmm...

    All joshing aside (ahaha, get it? I'm so funny!), it's great you're really going to great lengths to specifically visualize your future. I know I want to retire relatively early, but I don't have anything specific I want to do, except maybe travel and continue teaching exercise classes, if my body is still willing and able.

    1. must be French Fusion! I have no idea what that is either. Just remember seeing it at a French restaurant. Lol...

      I just can't stop thinking about finally being free. While this is a slow process, it doesn't hurt to keep visualizing and dreaming. ;)

  6. Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog, and I have to say I LOOOOOOVED this post so much. It gave me chills when I finished reading the last lines as I was not expecting the "writing from the future" part.

    Very inspiring!

    1. Hey BodyYum, thanks for the kind words and also for dropping by. It's always good to know that there are others out there who value what's written on this little white space.

      Hope to see you more often here :)