Thanks again to JP for contributing this post last week. I love the conversation it spurred in the comments section. There is so much I wanted to comment on myself I think I’ll tackle a couple points here in a blog post.
A few of you shared my admiration of JP’s attaining retirement at such a young age. In my view that is what is most amazing. One commenter expressed some skepticism about whether JP is really retired or just between jobs, and also about the $2 million she had amassed by the age of 28. Another had issues with JP’s choice to live in only 325 square feet, and wondered whether she would be able to keep that up into her 40’s and beyond. And with others, the conversation revolved around whether they would even want to retire in a big city in the first place.
On the first two issues, I know at least two people from the high-tech world who achieved that kind of money by the time they were 28, neither of whom is retired yet. Because neither of them would have accepted the lifestyle choices that would have been necessary to live on that for the rest of their lives. Or maybe they just love work, or maybe some combination of both. As to whether JP is actually “between jobs” rather than retired–with five or six decades of life in front of her, who knows, maybe JP would do some work for money again in the future. I did for a couple years at one point during my eight years of retirement. That doesn’t mean I wasn’t retired before I