Retiring At 27

Shirley Lee
6 min readOct 20, 2023
Photo by Karl Fredrickson on Unsplash. My current life does not look like this at all. This vague male photo is only here to raise my credibility

… Are you trying to tell me about pursuing the “digital nomad lifestyle”, get me into a get-rich-quick scam, or sell me an online course or eBook?

Nope. I did quit my full-time job after working at it for four years. I put the word “retiring” next to a relatively young age number so that you would click the title and read this post. It worked! I am happy with how that went.

While you’re here, maybe you should stick around and read the whole thing. It won’t take you much time.

Ok. So… you’re not quitting “employment” for good, and you’re still looking for a job, aren’t you? I feel cheated.

Look, I have met at least two “high-status” straight, old men who proudly announced that they were “retiring”. Then, a week after the announcement, they were still making money somehow. One of the retired men is still hired as an “honorary consultant” of the company he previously worked at, and he is still cranking out thousands of well-researched words for his newspaper column every single week. Also, see Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki — that dude basically announces that he is retiring once a year, and he is still not retired.

I don’t have any full-time jobs lined up after this one. I did fill in some job application forms, but I was mostly doing that for fun. I would be happy to quickly help someone out for a few bucks here and there, but I am not looking for anything long-term for now.

I want a break from capitalism.

What I am trying to say is I can use the word “retirement” however I like and there’s nothing you can do about it, ok?

Why did you quit your job?

  • I used to teach for a living. It was a meaningful job, but it was not my dream job. My dream job is to dig a hole, burrow in it, remain in there, sometimes poke my head out releasing a blog post to the public (in exchange for food), and then quickly scuttle back.
  • At the same time I also fantasize being on extravagant trips / having fancy meals and vlogging / blogging about the whole deal so that I can see cool stuff for a living. Ah, the…

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