TheFIREstarter’s comment on Monevator’s recent post about financial independence, where he alluded that the two contributors to the website (The Investor and The Accumulator) were the same person and that the Investor was the alter-ego, ie the Tyler Durden from the film ‘Fight Club‘, got me thinking that as someone striving for FI, I too am part of a ‘secret’ and ‘underground’ community, a club, a… ‘FIght Club’!
The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club
So says the most famous quote from the movie and how apt it is in relation to FI.
Like most people striving for FI, I do not talk about it.
Firstly, people would not believe me.
Secondly, they might be jealous.
Thirdly, they’d think I was loaded or had won the lottery.
Lastly, they would just wonder what I would do with all my time as I’d be bored to tears doing nothing. Apparently.
I don’t talk to my colleagues about it – I think I mentioned Mr Money Mustache one time and nobody was interested enough to even check out the website.
I don’t talk to my family about it – I’m sure they’ll be supportive but unlikely to think I’ll succeed.
Nobody I know in real life knows I blog about aiming for FI – aside from fellow FI-wannabes I’ve met on FIRE Escape gatherings.*
My best friend has an idea of what I am trying to do but doesn’t know the full extent of it (she only sees my cutting back on buying things).
Aiming for FI can be somewhat lonely but the whole FI/PF blogging community – the FIght Club – makes it less so. We’re not on our own in this secret club!
Another great quote from the film is:
We buy things we don’t need, to impress people we don’t like.
I used to buy a lot of stuff I didn’t need but it wasn’t to impress people I didn’t like, it was because I equated happiness with buying and owning new stuff.
Thankfully, this is no longer the case – these past couple of years, I’ve avoided going shopping unless absolutely necessary, yet my wardrobe and cupboards are still full of clothes and shoes, which I can wear without my friends being ashamed to be with me haha!
It’s my birthday next month and my friends and family are asking me what I want. I’m really struggling because there is actually nothing that I want. I do however need a new pair of trainers so that can be something to suggest.
I have two weddings to go to later in the year so I can’t get round with not getting one new outfit but it certainly won’t be anything expensive – I don’t need to impress anyone but mysef!
*EDIT – at these gatherings, it’s not really like a Fight Club, ie we don’t beat each other up!