I have always been a big fan of KungFu stories. Ever since I was a little girl of probably 10, my favorite KungFu author has been Jin Yong. In his KungFu world, heros travel with their swords, fight with evil gangsters, and do things the way they like, and of course never need to worry about money. When I was tired of doing things that I didn’t particularly enjoy but had to do, kungfu fictions were my best escape.
You might ask how my passion on kungfu is related to money. In the world of KungFu, your KungFu is your weapon to power and freedom; and in our modern society, money is your weapon to power and freedom. It might be difficult to be a master in KungFu, but it is much more doable to be a master in money. This blogspace is going to be my KungFu world, allowing me to share my journals of how to master money skills in order to live a lifestyle that I love, and adventures I have by living a lifestyle I choose.
You probably guessed by now that I am Chinese. By following a typical path of top Chinese students, I went to a top-tier university in China, chose the hottest major at the time, got a Ph.D from a US top-rank school, and then landed a well-paid corporate job. In the meanwhile, I fell in love and got married, bought a dream house, and planed to live happily ever after by following the “American dream” script.
Life was perfect, according to the “American dream”, I didn’t have anything to complain about. After all, we were told that as long as we keep working, we would be able to afford a great amount of stuff and live a luxury life. Even better, we can stop working after 65, and still have plenty of money to spend on whatever we like. The question is, do we really need to work 40-50 hours a week 50 weeks a year for at least 30 to 40 years in order to retire. Then, perhaps enjoy life for another 20 to 30 years, if we are very lucky, when we have very limited energy and passion to actually enjoy life. Is this the best life path we can follow?
The answer was, YES, of course, that’s how you are supposed to live. But if you have your money KungFu, the answer is, No, definitely not. Once I found the answer, I quit my job and am trying to live the life of a wanderer that I have always wanted. Welcome to my wonderland!