I sometimes think the way I work right now is similar to what I’d be doing if I were retired. Wake up leisurely and get out of bed by 7:30 or 8:00. Have a nice morning chat. Work casually, with goals but also occasional breaks, from 9:00-6:00. Have dinner. Relax in the evenings, if there isn’t a meetup or other event to go to.
Rinse and repeat.
I like doing things. I can’t imagine a life without movement of some kind. Even if I didn’t make money, I’d still do things like write books and blog posts. But perhaps I’d also do tasks that have almost 0% chance of turning a profit, like stamp collecting or gardening.
If I’m being honest with myself, my independent games probably won’t turn a big profit. I’ll be happy if they make the equivalent of working on minimum wage. It would be nice to end this year of self-employment with $15,000 or so. Unlikely, but one can dream.
Dreaming aside, I don’t really want to ever retire. And as a 20-something, maybe that makes sense. I haven’t had the time to be beaten down. This is probably one of those statements I’ll look back at in 30 years and say, “how naive you were, young one”. But then, maybe not.
Still, it would be nice to be financially independent, and to spend a lot of time with my family. To the extent that work takes you away from those you love, well, I do want to do away with that aspect.
Okay, back to work. Let’s achieve some level of financial freedom!