As planned, I found myself waiting for a flight on an early mid-September morning. My excitement for this trip had been building for weeks. Who would I meet? What new opportunities would arise? How would this trip influence my future? The possibilities seemed endless.
But there was only one problem.
This wasn’t the trip I was originally supposed to take. It wasn’t the one I’d planned for. So what happened?
When I registered for FinCon16 last December, there’s no way I could’ve predicted the twists and turns my life would take over the next nine months. Instead of flying from San Antonio, Texas to San Diego, California, I found myself on another continent departing London, England for Frankfurt, Germany.
In December 2015, I was a full-time employee with aspirations of financial independence and an early exit from the 9-5 grind. As a relatively new blogger, I dove in headfirst to everything the FIRE community had to offer. I devoured blogs endlessly, connecting with others who were on a similar path. When I learned about FinCon, I knew this was something my wife and I would have to attend.
Now, less than a year later, I no longer work full time and instead have begun building a new career, one that ditches the monotony of the daily grind and better suits my personality. I’m actually doing many of the same things I was doing before, but now I’m picking and choosing what projects I work on and when. So far, everything is working out amazingly well and new opportunities seem to pop up daily.
Really, this is the beginning of what I’ve envisioned for what seems like an eternity, but the way I got here was completely unexpected. Many in the FIRE community, myself included to an extent, seem to be natural planners. We set milestones and targets. We have spreadsheets for everything and have simulated countless scenarios.
But you know what? Life doesn’t always work out exactly the way we plan. It’s unpredictable. One unanticipated event could trigger a whole slew of unexpected consequences and take you down paths you’ve never imagined.
While it’s great to plan for the future, and I’m a big believer in having a strong overarching vision for your life, try not to get too caught up in sticking to the details of your plan or you may end up missing some incredible opportunities that’ll arise seemingly out of nowhere along the way. We’re still hoping to make it to FinCon one day. Who knows when that might be. For now, we’ll stick with our vision and let all the details work themselves out.