Never Take Your Loved Ones for Granted

Mr. Enchumbao

I work for a large investment management company helping people save for traditional retirement. During my spare time I help others save for financial independence and early retirement by writing for Enchumbao. My journey to FI began in 2012. I was in a lot of debt back then but I turned things around and became debt free a few years later. My wife and I reached financial independence in 2017 and are preparing to retire by 2020.

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4 Responses

  1. The Vagabond says:

    I am so, so sorry to hear this. I mentioned this on Twitter, but my fiancée unexpectedly and tragically lost her mother a year ago. It has been a really hard road back from that over the past year. We have said so many of these things to each other in the past year.

    Our journeys as people seeking financial independence can seem petty and small in light of loss like this, but our loss also helped to frame that journey in the proper context– that it’s all about spending maximum time living and loving… not about the money.

    Please accept my heartfelt wishes of peace. Your mother was obviously a very special person.

    • It must be even harder losing her in a tragic way, sorry for your fiancée’s loss as well. It’s hard indeed. Sometimes you’re okay and then it hits you.

      “Maximum time living and loving… not about the money.” You framed it well. Sometimes people that are not on the FI path have a hard time understanding it that way. It has never been about the money, it’s the freedom to spend a lot more time with your loved ones. Thanks for stopping by and your kinds words.

  2. Gwen says:

    So sorry for your loss. Your family sounds very kind and loving. I, too, am grieving. A close friend of mine from childhood passed away due to a genetic disease this weekend. It’s rough for me to think she’ll never get to experience the things we dreamt about as children. However, she took every chance to live life to the fullest despite her limitations and that’s what I’ll do to honor her memory.

    • Hi Gwen,
      Thanks! It means a lot to hear these words. Yes, we’re a very united family. I’m sorry to hear about your close friend. I lost a best friend (since high school) unexpectedly a couple of years ago and know exactly what you mean. That’s a great way to honor her. Thanks for dropping in.

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