It's been 2 months since last post. Yeah, I'm bad at being consistent.
A lot happened since then. I moved to a new apartment in a suburb. I love it so far.
I often think about what I want to do after retirement. If I retire at 35, I have 60+ years to live. That's a really long time. I thought it would be nice to play tennis all day. I like playing tennis, but I never had time to play it regularly. Then I realized that instead of waiting for 7 years, I can start playing it now. I don't know anyone in this new area, so I thought tennis would be a great way to meet new people.
I searched for a local tennis club and joined it. I enjoyed the first few lessons. But guess what happend? I got bored pretty quickly. Besides, other members are 40s and 50s. I don't know what to talk about. I realized I'm just not interested in sports after all. Sports seem very one dimensional to me. All you can do is to become good at it. I like activities that requires creativity. I used to play music, and I have started catering business. Now I'm a software engineer. I also like making videos.
There are other things I don't like about tennis in particular. First, it costs a lot of money. Second, I can't practice alone, which is why it's expensive. My favorite sport is frisbee. All you need is a disc. You can play at the park or beach or anywhere. It costs nothing. So I'm just not comfortable paying $150 a month for a sport.
I stopped going to a tennis club after 3 lessons even though I paid for the first 2 months upfront. I wasted $300 + $60 for shoes.
So what am I doing instead to fill the needs?
For exercise, I run everyday. I'm surprised that I'm consistent in it.
For socializing, I stopped seeking it. I don't feel lonely at all. I enjoy being my own company.
For hobby, I started a couple side projects. I had a few ideas for a project before I moved to Kanagawa, but hadn't done anything about them. The funny thing is, after I moved in, I started working on those ideas. I don't know why, but I guess it has to do with the environment.
One of the projects is an app that tracks my expenses. I was tired of using excel for this, so I made an app to make it easy to do. I built it in 2 weeks and I use it whenever I spend money. Now I know exactly how much I spend each month. It's a dead simple app and I don't think anybody would pay for this, so this is just for personal use.
Another project is more serious. It's a project management system software. I've been working on it for about a month and it might become a solid business.
I started this blog at the beginning of 2018, and at the time, the idea was to write about psychology of happiness. Then I found out about early retirement so this blog became a personal finance blog. Now I'm starting a business so I think I will be writing about business for a while.
Going back to the question of what to do after retirement, now my answer is start a business. I lost interest in technology for a while, but somehow my passion for programming is back. I'm happiest when I'm working on a project. Just like tennis, I don't need to wait until retirement to start a business.
Almost every time I started a business, I quit my job to go all in. I'm not going to make the same mistake this time. I know I can retire in 7 years as long as I keep working. Starting a business might allow me to retire early, but if I quit my job before making steady profit, I might never be able to retire.