Most days while I’m at work, I try to make it a point to get outside for about 10-15 minutes and go for a short walk. This doesn’t always happen – maybe it’s too busy in the office and, of course, most of the winter is ruled out because I hate the cold.
But in the summer, it’s been a great escape. I just put everything on hold for that very short time and just walk… maybe that’s how smokers feel during a smoke break (I’ve never smoked so I don’t know the “joy” it brings). 🙂
My office is in a suburban area – it’s all businesses on the street where I work, but it’s definitely not a downtown area or anywhere too busy.
Here’s a picture of part of my walk (cutting out any areas with business names or addresses)…
The trees are what make it great outside in the area. And sometimes you can see or hear small animals or birds along the way. All in all, it’s just pleasant.
And every time, I just grab someone in the office to go for the walk with me. It’s nice outside, you’re getting exercise, and you get to stop working for a short time – it’s hard to argue with that!
Today though, no one was able to go on the walk so I decided to go myself.
And guess what? It was great.
And to keep it great, I refused to even busy myself with my cell phone. Just me and my thoughts.
I did have a problem on my stroll though. I started to think again (stupid brain!!). And the more I thought in that short little walk, the more depressed I became.
I’m getting to the point where I just need to be done with the 9 to 5 job. I hated that I needed to go back to the office. It’s almost making me sick to think about every day. I don’t think that I’m to the point yet where Joe at retireby40.org was with his health deteriorating, but I can see things going that way.
As of right now, I have 9 years left until I can quit – maybe a little less if I push it or I build up the rentals fast enough. To some of you, 9 years might seem like a long time and to some, it’s a short time. But either way, I’m really struggling thinking about it.
The people are great there, but I just really feel like there are so many other things I should be doing instead of wasting my life away in an office. And it’s weird – my job is one that a lot of people would love to have… banker hours, I rarely have to take my work home with me, thriving company in the IT world, low to medium stress, good people to work for, good location, good pay, flexibility, blah, blah, blah.
Yet, I still feel stuck in a rut every day.
It’s like I see the light at the end of the tunnel and it just can’t get here fast enough. I should be spending the summer hanging out with my daughter before she goes back to school. Instead, I’m stuck in the office feeling like Peter Gibbons from Office Space (which I think really might be my office by the way!).
And before you say it – yes, there are weekends and vacations to spend time together. And yes, we take advantage of that. In the past 30 days, we’ve spent 10 days in Texas, a couple of days at an amusement park, a weekend at a cottage by the beach, and this weekend we’re going camping.
But it’s not enough – I want the freedom that those that have reached financial independence are enjoying. I want the ability to not worry about time. I want to be able to take a trip with my family and say “hey, since you guys are having fun, let’s stay another couple of days!”
And I’ll get there, but boy, 9 years is a long way away. For now though, I’ll just continue to make the donuts and enjoy the 15 minute walk I take almost every day in the summer to take a break and enjoy nature.
The walk today was a great way to stop and smell the roses. If you haven’t done that in a while, take the time for it – you’ll be glad you did!
Thanks for reading!!