Agreed,I always dreamed of retiring early and was able to at the age of 48.I did it responsibly by working 2 jobs,saving my money and building up rental income.8 years later I can tell you it's not the picnic everyone thinks it is.Do I get bored ?YES.Especially in the winter.Do I want to go back to a job ? Absolutely not.It's a Catch 22,you enjoy the freedom,but filling 24 hours a day isn't always easy.Last winter was very harsh,it almost drove me crazy.I think it's the old grass looking greener on the other side effect and these days the stresses on people are much greater so it's easier to see greener grass.I've been lucky to see both sides and I'm glad I did.I think this young man is doing a good thing if he gets this out of his system and once he goes to a normal life he'll look back fondly,maybe unrealistically,on these days.
I am gradually, slowly but steadily, preparing for a liveaboard situation. I try to learn about and tackle every angle of what it means to liveaboard from a realistic point of view and not with the "living the dream" approach.
Learning sailing now, ie, getting different certifications in as harsh conditions as possible to the point that later on I want a sunny calm day to be translated into my brain's wiring as the paradise on top of the paradise. I also want to be sure I am up for all these "for better and for worse".
I equally pondered about what it would mean later on to be retired early, having a lot of time on my hands, but I cant imagine not being able to fill in the days. I have too many interests and loves and projects to the point that I feel I need several lives to fit them all in.
And not to mention a boat opens many more horizons.
This is a quick a silly video of my last sail few weekends back, the strongest winds I ever experienced so far, just Force 8, pretty rocky also going against the tides, and I was very happy to say I didn't get scared or start to doubt my future plans. It was bloody cold, pouring rain at times along with the occasional full body ice cold shower from a rebellious wave that would somehow still make its way down my neck, and I just literally loved it.
I will try to fit into my life as experiences the worse or the negative aspects that a liveaboard and circumnavigating situation bring on and test myself how far can I really take this. I know it wouldn't always be pink and rosey, but I am curious to see how far can I take this.
(Ok, never attached a video in here before, I have no idea if this will work or not).