Weirdness is kind of a prerequisite for FI. As FI-seekers, we choose to think different and live different—and we like it that way!
Some of us (hello, Mrs. Frugalwoods) are frugal weirdos. And others (like Mr. Tako) are varied in our weirdness. Then there’s the tribe of weirdos that I’m part of: we’re frugal, and we have the additional ‘credential’ of being unusually eco-conscious… we’re the frugal eco weirdos.
The real truth…
All of us in the FI community are, to some degree, frugal eco weirdos.
That’s because being on the FI path means you tend to make frugal choices… and frugal choices tend to also be green choices.
For example: buying used saves money and resources; biking to work saves gas and our ozone layer; eating less meat shrinks our grocery bill and lightens our burden on the earth.
So… simply pursuing FI makes you a frugal eco weirdo. 🙂
My path to frugal weirdness
Barry Choi’s I’m Frugal Because I’m Asian perfectly explains how I came to be as frugal as I am. Like Barry’s parents, my mom and dad were immigrants who weren’t highly educated.
But they knew how to work hard, save hard, and live on less. In doing so, my parents gave me and my siblings an amazing childhood, and now have far more than needed in retirement.
I simply followed in their footsteps to become the frugal weirdo I am today!
My path to eco weirdness
My eco-mindedness came in the early 90s. I remember there was a green revolution at the time; people were talking about recycling, climate change, and deforestation.
I was a young teen—very impressionable and open to big, new ideas. I loved the messaging: that each of us could do our part and make a difference. I immediately hopped on the eco-conscious bandwagon, and have never looked back.
Embracing my frugal eco weirdness
Why am I so enthusiastic about being weird, and why do I put myself out there? Here are a few good reasons:
1. It’ll help us reach FI sooner
Being weird is helpful (and maybe even necessary) on the FI journey. Most people would never consider doing the ‘weird’ things we do in pursuit of FI: house hacking, saving 50% (or more) of our income, rarely eating out, using our stuff until it wears out, etc.
As odd as some people might think we are, we’re happy to follow our weirdo pursuits. Not only are we leaving a lighter footprint on the earth, but we’re also reaching FI sooner. What’s not to like about that?
2. So other weirdos know they’re not alone
There are others like me (hi, Angela) and I’m so glad that’s the case! Being weird often makes us the odd ones out, and it can be a lonely path. It’s comforting to find friendly comrades to journey with. I’m happy to stick out and be weird if it means others can also be brave and ‘come out’.
3. I’m an environmentalist at heart
Preserving our world for future generations is a passion of mine. I want more of us to pause and reconsider the disposable culture we live in. If everyone put just a little more effort into being frugal and green, imagine how much better off our earth and its citizens could be.
4. I’m doing my part
My big goal for this blog is to make a difference in other’s lives, and in turn—the world. Without weirdos like us, nothing will ever change. We all need to get more weird and think beyond our societal programming…
Our planet’s counting on us! 🌎
Your weirdness can change the world
The FIRE movement is proof that small groups of weirdos can make a difference. I hope you’ll embrace your inner weirdo and share your story with the world.
It’s an uphill battle, but Margaret Mead said it best:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Shoutouts to my fellow weirdos
The FIRE community’s full of self-identified weirdos—here are some of my favourites:
If you’re also a flag-waving FIRE weirdo, point me to an article you’ve written about it—I’d love to add you to the list!
Are you a weirdo?
Have you done anything weird in your pursuit of FI? I’d love to hear about it—comment below!
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