I’ve been trying to pursue passive income or creating my own business for a few years now. I guess in a sense you can say that I’ve retired from the workforce early because I don’t grind a typical 9-5 job like most people. But what is it like, retiring in your 20s? How do you spend your time when you’re not working all day?
For many people, retiring early seems like a dream. You can soak up the sun at the beach and head out on adventurous road trips. But when you’re done lounging around doing nothing, what do you really do with your time? Especially if you’re used to studying or working all the time, what do you do with all those extra hours?
For me, I honestly don’t know what to do with all the extra time I’ve accumulated. Sometimes, I drift off in space and just get into a meditative state. I’ve thought long and hard about what I’d like to do with all these extra hours, and I just can’t seem to come up with anything. I’ve even consider *gasp* getting a job just to spend my time. I’ve tried to come up with ways to contribute to society in large meaningful ways and have drawn a blank. I thought with all this extra time that I’d come up with some creative solution, but I’ve got nothing to be honest.
I used to have hobbies to keep me occupied, but I’ve grown bored of some of these hobbies. Even hobbies that used to excite me to get out of bed in the morning have become quite dull. For example, I enjoy a little singing, but recording a full-length song can get boring fast. I don’t enjoy it as much.
I think most people would just say to get a job at this point, but it makes me really question the meaning. of life. There was a time when jobs did not exist, believe it or not. And people were free to do whatever they wanted. I wonder how people spent their time then.
I’ve thought about reading books and blogging, but when it comes to blogging, I can’t always get a post out. Sometimes, I’m dry out of ideas. And as for reading, I get bored of books fairly quickly. I prefer to read articles, but those are short and don’t fill the time as much.
So with all that, I decided to at least dabble into passive income again. Blogging is a good start into that. I can get my thoughts out and share with the world, earning a little through ad revenue along the way. I could look to share my expertise with people through digital products such as e-courses.
I think maybe I should look into joining some sort of community, maybe one on passive income. But my anti-social ways creep in. I’m social from time to time, but I haven’t been as social as I could be lately. It seems like everything takes effort these days. I wish I was back to the days when I was passionate about everything I was doing. Even something as mundane as shaving could be seen as enjoyable. But now, many things seem boring.
What would you do if you retired in your 20s? I imagine most people would say they would go traveling or they would take up a hobby such as learning the piano. I guess that’s something I can do again. I do dabble on the keyboard here and there. Maybe it is something that I could pursue.
Someone I know said that it’s not good to have all the free time in the world. I wonder if I agree with this statement. On the one hand, for example if you’re a stay-at-home mom or dad, you have house chores and errands that keep you busy. Or when you’re a student, you have classes and homework. But when you’re retired, all you have to do is maybe manage your finances and make sure that you’re eating and possibly taking medicine or vitamins and taking showers. And then, you have a whole lot of time to kill.
I used to think of work as play. Before, I used to spend hours perfecting the recording of a song or drafting a nice eBook. Nowadays, I’ve lost my passion for these things. Has that ever happened to you, where you used to be so passionate about certain tasks but now you can’t seem to make yourself do those tasks anymore? It’s the same with me and cleaning. I used to obsess over cleaning, and now I can’t even be bothered. On the one hand, some may say I’m depressed, but on the other hand, I think I’m just bored. I wonder what I can do to get out of this bored state. It’s times like these that I sometimes think that retiring in your 20s in overrated.