OK But Seriously How Many Mondays Do I Have Left?
When Monday comes around in the Even Steven Money household getting out of bed becomes that much more difficult. I hear the alarm go off at 5:30 am but I say to Mrs. ESM and my dog Angel, just 2 more minutes, as I do my best to fall back completely asleep. A few minutes later I realize that probably wasn’t 2 minutes and head straight to take Angel outside. No coffee or breakfast, at this point I’m usually struggling to figure out how to put the leash on correctly, I’ve failed more times than I care to admit. After a brief walk around the neighborhood, usually with one eye open as I slowly wake up and adjust to the weather which surprises me every time, I’m ready for Monday, OK that’s a lie, but seriously how many Monday’s do I have left?
When I arrive home with our dog, I make sure she is taken care of for the day, food and water are essential, plus remember she will be napping for the next 8-10 hours while I work. I decided to make coffee at home today, maybe it’s me fighting a little harder for FI, maybe it’s me not wanting to leave the office on a cool rainy day, in either case $2 was saved from my eating out budget this week. There is a moment during the time I grab my phone and head to the shower that I consider calling in, not because I am sick, because it is Monday and the option to extend my weekend of seeing friends, going to the lake front, having a beer, and grilling sausages certainly is better than a day in front of a computer doing work stuff. After I shower another moment comes, the one where you think that crawling back into bed has to be the correct choice today. This moment passes quickly as I brush my teeth and begin to look for the most comfortable items I can get away with wearing.
Sweatpants, t-shirt, dress pants, dress shirt, polo, Bob Huggins jacket, I can live with this today. OK but seriously how many Monday’s do I have left?
I’m on the clock, you know the time you have to leave by otherwise you will be late, for me it’s checking the bus tracker to see how many minutes I have. I actually have no idea even what time it is at this moment so I am mildly surprised to see that I have 2 minutes to pour my coffee, grab my keys, and walk 1/2 block to my awaiting chariot of a bus. Maybe because it’s Monday or possibly because my “caring meter” is at ultra-low levels but if I miss the bus I’m not really concerned. If anything I’m more concerned about taking my lunch from the night before, this is another step closer to FI, this saves $10 towards my eating out budget, you almost can’t get away with lunch for less than that in the city, my Financial Independence Day thanks you. I know you are all hanging on the edge of your seats if I made the bus, thanks to some timely traffic and road construction I am on my way to work on time, just a quick bus and a quiet although packed train ride and I can start my Monday of work. OK but seriously how many Mondays do I have left?
On each train ride I take you can find me either with headphones and a podcast or reading a good book from the Chicago Public Library. My mornings usually consist of the former, very often it is the likes of Dave Ramsey, he says many of the same things, but he is a constant reminder to spend less than I make and to make my financial situation a priority, I need that. Today was different, I switched it up with a religious podcast from Joel Osteen titled Unexpected Sunshine, which really fit my needs today. Being on the train you tend to people watch as the train is one of the most amazing collections of people on the planet, just this morning I saw a young high school student carrying her art portfolio, a typical suit and tie business man with his briefcase, and a homeless man clutching his blanket. It’s these times for me that make me wonder what we are all doing, what purpose and goals are we trying to get to, but mostly I’m wondering how many Monday’s I have left?
In the past year I wrote about how many days till I retire, which is a friendly reminder to myself that working for 12,000 more days is not in my retirement plans. Looking back on the numbers, I would have 1,700 Mondays left to go if I retire at 65. Instead with my Financial Independence Day I am down to 275 Mondays. I guess that answers the question, but maybe I shouldn’t be watching the clock today wondering when it’s over, but I can’t help myself today, only 274 Mondays to go after today. How many Monday’s do you have left*? Have you shared your FI Day on our new page, let’s get the word out to others.
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*Calculate at timeanddate.com