Another reason to pursue FI – Health

Well, for those older FI people, it’s a tale we have all experienced. You go in for testing, either your annual checkup or due to a medical procedure – and something pops up. In my case, I’m going in for an outpatient procedure for kidney stones, and I had to get a pre-Op checkup. The EKG came back with some “anomalies” on it, and suddenly I had to get a cardiologist to check me out before I could continue with the procedure.

Do I have a major health issue? I backpack, workout 4-5 times a week, do yardwork, etc. I have always considered myself a healthy person (maxed the Army PT test when I was in, never been operated on, etc.) This was a major slap in the face….

Well, the cardiologist ordered a stress test and an Echo Cardiogram (something that is a lot more accurate than an EKG). After a lot of back-and-forth, it turns out I have a healthy heart – just a genetic “tic” that will show up on my EKG. I can continue with the procedure.

Still, the world is full of stories of people who worked their whole lives, and passed away right before they were going to retire. FI people don’t want to be that person, so most of us practice two things:

  1. Saving significant money so that we can become financially independent and (potentially) retire early
  2. Enjoy life as we go through it, rather than saving excessively only to pass away before we can enjoy it

Mrs. 39 Months and I have started vacationing more and going to some of the sites we would like to see. We are both seeking to “de-stress” our day-to-day lives as well. In our conversations, we each have noted that “free time” (vacations, days off, etc.) is more important to us now than pay. I’m sure it’s the same with you.

So don’t work till you drop. Enjoy yourselves while you are on the journey, even as you prepare for FI.

Wish me luck on my procedure today!

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Mr. 39 Months

2 thoughts on “Another reason to pursue FI – Health”

  1. I have a friend who has run over 100 marathons, always ate right, had almost no body fat and he had to get stints. A few years later he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and now he doesn’t recognize me when we have lunch together. He did everything possible that a person can do correctly and yet he is terminal and already has lost the acuity of one of the most brilliant minds I’ve ever known. I finished one marathon a few minutes behind a 29 year old graduate student, a Boston Marathon qualifier. He crossed the 26.2 mile finish line and threw his arms up in triumph and fell to the ground dead from a genetic anomaly that could only be diagnosed by autopsy. I’m a runner and competitive tennis player but the fact is the thing that will kill me, and the date it occurs, is more likely than not already encoded into my DNA, as it is in yours. Sure I’ll keep killing it on the road and on the courts and control my bad habits because it might help, but in many cases God laughs at our plans.

    1. Great comment, and I couldn’t agree more! Genetics plays such a key part, and we are just beginning to crack this code. I’m thankful that I still exercise and do the things to prolong my life (or at least not to die before my genetic “time is up”) and I guess that is what matters. You exercise and do other things so you can continue to enjoy life.

      Running a marathon is beyond me now (knee injury prevents me from running) but I did do some 10Ks and Triathalons a few years back. They were fun, but I always felt had a dry, metallic tasting mouth and jitters right before the start. Congrats on your success!

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