Work, Eat, Sleep, Repeat.

If you have ever wondered if there is more to life than work, you are not alone. I begun searching for answers to this enigma a few years into my working life.

Although I truly loved some of the jobs I had, I also treasured my free time, my travels, my creative explorations and I yearned to balance everything I wanted out of life.

I discovered the FIRE concept probably around 2013, when I was facing crossroads in my life and career. My health was also taking a beating, which forced me to re-evaluate what I truly wanted out of life and I am very glad I went down this path.

I eventually achieved my FIRE goal in 2019, just as my career was starting to take a different turn, and I chose to step off the corporate highway, onto a different path.

I started this blog because I have been inspired by plenty in the FIRE community who have FIREd before me and generously shared their knowledge and learnings. I wish to do the same for people planning to FIRE and contribute to the community in the same way I have benefited from it.

Why Financial Starfish you may ask?

When I was toying with the idea to start a blog about my financial journey, I looked around the FIRE blogging community and realized that a lot of the blogs were pretty technical and sometimes a little overwhelming for people who weren’t mathematically inclined.

Fundamentally, I wanted this blog to inspire a different lifestyle - to help people see new possibilities where there might only have been doubt. I believe in telling stories instead of inundating my readers with calculations.

At the same time, I wanted the basic concepts covered in this blog to be easily digestible and applied to everyday life.

To crystallize it into an easy to understand strategy, I decided to use the Starfish as a symbolic analogy. A starfish typically has five arms, and is one of the few creatures on earth which is able to self-heal and regrow lost parts like a broken off limb. Just like the starfish, I hope anyone can start from any existing base and grow into the five principles we hope to pass on:

With that, I will leave you with a beautiful story I read when I was a kid:

Once, on ancient Earth, there was a human boy walking along a beach. There had just been a storm, and starfish had been scattered along the sands. The boy knew the fish would die, so he began to fling the fish to the sea. But every time he threw a starfish, another would wash ashore.

An old Earth man happened along and saw what the child was doing. He called out, 'Boy, what are you doing?'

'Saving the starfish!' replied the boy.

'But your attempts are useless, child! Every time you save one, another one returns, often the same one! You can't save them all, so why bother trying? Why does it matter, anyway?' called the old man.

The boy thought about this for a while, a starfish in his hand; he answered, "Well, it matters to this one." And then he flung the starfish into the welcoming sea.

― Loren Eiseley, The Star Thrower