Part 4; Bourgeoisie Creep

Hi, You are probably clicking here from the White Coat Investor. I am glad you did, but this backstory of mine really starts here, at Part 1 By Long and Winding Path. Thanks!

You also might like the 2 other links I planned but did not see in the post at White Coat; Why I went to law school, Why the Law and How I chose the legal path I find myself on, Paths We Chose.

Part 4; Bourgeoisie Creep

The big problem with accumulating more and more wealth is what I like to call Bourgeoisie Creep. Much like an ever present weed it must be hacked back down to its roots by the Vigilance of Frugalitas.

It is so easy to get used to spending money.

 Just remember given enough focus one can overcome even the most pervasive of conditioning. I strive inside of a system so I can turn my back on that very same system. FIRE is about the long game, not any get rich quick scheme. It requires discipline and patience.

I used to love to drive my P.O.S. 2000 Ford Focus to work everyday. Every time some lawyer made fun of me for it, I would smile because I did not care about things like that. Fast forward a couple of years and I sprung for not one, but two newish vehicles because we were sick of our old cars idiosyncrasies.(Our Car Stories) It is easier to accumulate things than to strip away things.

It is like a race between discipline and delicious comfortable apathy.

I think that is why I made this blog. It is surely cathartic, but even if nobody else read it, I will. It will help me stay the path and the anonymity of it keeps me honest. Providing a creative outlet for my inner Type A doesn’t hurt either.

My master plan is to acquire enough passive income to stop working. I may go past that point in order to give my kids a leg up in life.  I often dream of a legacy that extends beyond my immediate family.

The wife and I are already struggling with the ‘never enough’ mindset. But  after that is mastered and my final figures are acquired, I’m gone. I am not the Drug Lord who can not quit while he is ahead, once I feel me and mine will be perpetually comfortable, then it’s;

Do you suffer from Bourgeoisie Creep?

8 thoughts on “Part 4; Bourgeoisie Creep

  1. Great story – you are very lucky (and worked hard!) to have turned lifes shit storm into a nice life for you and your family. In order to do that you had to be vulnerable to lower the wall you built through your childhood and allow change. So many people are unable to do that and yes, it is easier to blame others for the effects they have had on you. I’m sorry to hear of the passing of your inlaws – what a terrible thing for you and your family to go through. Getting the kids education in their honor is a lovely way to further the reach of their lives. You and your wife are doing great things for your future generations!! 🙂

  2. Thank you for sharing your personal journey of pain, loss, triumph, hope, and courage. It’s amazing to see the evolution of your PF journey coinciding with life experiences. I’m sorry for the loss of your in-laws, they sound like amazing people that I wish I could meet and be better for.

  3. Thanks for sharing your story. Sympathies on the passing of your in-laws. Had to be incredibly difficult with it happening so close together.

    Glad to hear you turned many of life’s trials into triumphs!

  4. OK it’s 2AM here and I got through all 4 parts. Would that help the drop off rate? :p

    Honestly, after the first part I was kind of expecting explosions and at least one stabbing. The ending was great though, 5/5!!!

    “I may go past that point in order to give my kids a leg up in life.”
    Aww me too! Not to spoil but so they shouldn’t have to worry about resources.

    • I skipped over the real crazy parts, I was just trying to adjust for my current audience.

      I actually dream of a family trust that lasts generations, not fully supporting, but helping out enough to give a real advantage to anyone in my line.

      I just worry I am still susceptible to the ‘need more money’ chasing trap.

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