Ahhh… The long days of summer are here. I love this time of the year in the Pacific Northwest. The day starts to get brighter at 5 am and the sun sets around 9 pm. The weather is perfect with a 76 degree Fahrenheit high today. There are a ton of fun activities to do around town and the pool is open for those few hot days. Fresh fruits and vegetables taste great and are way cheaper than in the winter. Life doesn’t get better than this when you’re retired.
I hope I didn’t bring you down if you’re stuck inside working. Summers were particularly tough for me when I was a computer engineer. There were so many fun things to do, why did I have to be stuck in a cubicle? Today, I’ll share some music that helped me get through those rough days. It’s smart to be logical and plan smartly for FI, but sometimes you need a little emotional boost too.
Grab your headphone and check them out! Don’t forget to share the favorite songs that keep you going in the comment section.
*Tip of the day – Retire in the spring or summer. There are a ton of activities to keep you occupied. The transition would be much tougher when you’re stuck inside without a lot to do in the winter.
1. Wicked – Defying Gravity
Elphaba sticks it to the man and goes it alone. Sometimes you just have to go with your gut no matter what anyone else says. I’m not a huge fan of musicals, but Wicked was a great show. This scene was so awesome live. You’ve got to see this show if you haven’t seen it before.
2. Van Halen – Right Now
If you don’t like your life, then start turning it around right now. Don’t wait until tomorrow. I listened to this song constantly to help me stay motivated during my last year of working full time. It was the perfect song to blast on the radio as I left the office for the last time.
3. Office Space – Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangster
Anyone dreaming about quitting their crappy corporate job needs to watch this 1999 cult classic. I didn’t think I’d become Peter, but life happens. Now, back to your TPS report!
4. Bowie – Space Oddity
I just watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and this is a great scene. This song is about being brave and doing something out of the ordinary. I enjoyed this movie. RIP David Bowie.
5. Eminem – Lose Yourself
This is about taking the opportunity to seize everything you’ve ever wanted.
6. Rocky Theme – Gonna Fly Now
This is another classic underdog song to help you persevere though the journey to FIRE. Keep fighting even when it’s tough.
7. Iggy Pop – Lust for life
The Trainspotting soundtrack is so good! Here is a quote from the opening scene. Sounds familiar?
Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life…
8. Pharrell – Freedom!
What does freedom mean to you?
9. Sara Bareilles – Brave
Nice song! I never heard of Sara Barielles before and she is really good. I’m very glad I found her through my search for inspiring songs.
10. Kelly Clarkson – Stronger
Here is another song for the ladies. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, including a job…
What’s your FIRE soundtrack?
I had a great time searching for fun songs for this list and spent a ton of time listening to music over the last few days. I hope you had a fun time with these music too.
What songs do you listen to help to stay motivated? I need more inspirational music to help Mrs. RB40 push through to 2020. Have a great long weekend and enjoy the fireworks!
For a more serious look at how to stay motivated see this one – How to Stay The Course to Financial Independence.