Financial Independence – Enabling Lives Worth Living

Imagine a life where you could make your living doing anything you wanted to do.  A world where you don’t necessarily have enough money to travel the world by private jet, but where your investments sufficiently cover all of life’s essentials along with some luxuries along the way.   Each day you could wake up, and decide on a whim how you’d spend your day.  One day, you might wake up early with a muse to write, and so you write 10,000 words for your future self-published novel.  The next day, you sleep in and wake with peace in your mind, cook a slow healthy breakfast for your family, then head out for a serene day of mountain biking on new unexplored trails.  The following day, you rise from bed motivated to work on your new passion project that may or may not ever make any money, and that’s OK too.

This is the life I’ve created for myself and my family.  I like to think of it as being Warren Buffet’s child:

“I want to give my kids just enough so that they would feel that they could do anything, but not so much that they would feel like doing nothing.” – Warren Buffet

Is This Early Retirement?

On some of the more popular “early retirement” blogs like MMM and ERE, I sometimes see hateful comments from people that say things like “You’re not really retired!  You still blog, and garden, and build things, and blah blah blah!”  The clever response to this cynicism was the coining of the term “Internet Retirement Police,” used to describe people that have self appointed themselves to decide who is and isn’t retired, as well as being the sole authority on the definition of “retirement.”  I’ve been lucky not to attract these haters for the most part. This is the benefit of being less popular. Which is fine with me, I have no patience or room for cynicism in my life.

If the haters ever do come, I’ll freely advise them to take their definition of retirement and go home (or back to their cubicle, whatever’s more appropriate). It’s not important to me. Official “retirement” is for people who follow societal rules.  And if you could ask anyone that knows me in real life, you’d learn that I don’t follow rules.  Generally, I just do what makes sense to me.  Sometimes, and I’ll admit this is a weakness, I’ll specifically break rules just because someone bothered to make a rule where one wasn’t needed.  I suppose there’s still a little junior high school in me…

Rather than worry about “work” and “retirement”, I prefer to look at things like this:

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Make sure you click on the image above.  The rest of this post won’t make any sense if you don’t read it!

My first “life,” as the comic describes it, was from 22-28.  I was an electrical engineer. And true to the idea that it takes 7 years to master something, that’s exactly how long it took me.  At 22, I was a clueless and impractical noob, but anxious and willing to learn.  By 28, I was at the top of my game.  I’ve grown very little in technical expertise in the 7 years since then.

From 29-35, I was an investor.  I continued as an engineer, but on auto-pilot since I’d already long since mastered the tiny spectrum of knowledge necessary to be a successful electrical engineer in my hyper-specialized world of design.  During my life as an investor, I’ve learned how to assess the value of a company’s stock, how to allocate my portfolio for my particular needs and financial goals, and how to invest in real estate and various other assets in order to make my money turn into more money.  I’m still not an expert investor, mainly because I didn’t treat it like a real job, but I know enough to fit my needs.  Recently I’ve had a noticeably reduced desire to learn much more about investing, which should be seen as a tell-tale sign that it’s time to move on to my next “life.”

Life #3

My 36th birthday is this week, marking the commencement of my 3rd adult life (age 36-42).  And with that, it’s time for something new. My first task will be to quit my engineering job, since I lack the time and desire to continue with that.

I’m currently on vacation this week, so I can’t quit quite yet.  I also have an additional week and a half of paid vacation accrued, so I’ll be using that up in the coming month or so (I may not need the money, but I’m also not so well off that I’d just throw away that week of paid time off since I’ve already earned it).

Further complicating the situation, my small team is already understaffed by 2 engineers. Because I’d be the third hole to fill (leaving 3 people to do the work of 6), I do intend to offer to work part time temporarily while they try to backfill these open positions.  I don’t know if they’ll take me up on my offer, but their alternative will be to accept my 2 weeks notice of resignation.  Either way is fine with me.  If they accept the offer, I’ll still have enough time to get started on my new “life,” while still earning a little extra money to fund the start of this life – all the better.  If they decline my offer, that’s fine too.

What’s Next?

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I’ve pondered this question for awhile now.  What am I going to do next?

For awhile, this was a scary question.  Everyday, I can check this website’s analytics and see that a LOT of people come to my site after googling “bored in retirement,” “what to do after retiring early” and other similar queries.  After awhile, it’s hard not to wonder if I could become a victim of the same fate.

But after much quiet contemplation and discussions with my wife, I had an epiphany while riding my bike and listening to an investment podcast.  The podcast ends each segment with a song by Calloway called “I Wanna Be Rich” and I realized that the words to that song, along with a common theme in that podcast, don’t apply to me.  Sure, I appreciate the safety net of having a large reserve of cash and investments that pay my bills independent of work, but I truly have no desire for the rich luxuries that the advertisements tell me I should want.  This isn’t a fad, and it isn’t just another example of me rebelling against the norm.  I truly and deeply have no desire to be “rich,” a desire that’s a disease afflicting so many people resulting in depression, anxiety, and general unhappiness.

Instead, I want to take the time and money I’ve been provided and use it to return to simplicity and nature. And so that’s where I intend to focus my third “life.”  Here are the things I plan to focus on:

1. Sustainable Living

I’ve spent the past several years creating a life circumstance where I can be frugal and achieve financial independence, but still live a normal suburban on-grid lifestyle. In other words, I wanted to prove that you could achieve financial independence in your 30’s without going off-grid, giving up health insurance, postponing a family, eating ramen noodles, or sacrificing basic joys of life.  I’m by no means the first to do this, but still I’m happy to say that I’ve accomplished the goal.

Now I want to raise the bar and try to create a household that is as efficient and as self-sustained as possible – while still staying on grid and living a normal suburban US life*.  This will involve, but will not be limited to, things like a more energy efficient house, DIY alternative energies, aquaponics, and other homesteading type activities.  I’m still researching other areas of sustainable living as well – but I have 7 years to master this so there’s no rush.

2. Writing

I’ll just say it.  I hate my writing. I want to become a better writer and I’m finally taking it a bit more seriously.  I’ve tried to learn as I go, but I want to become a real writer in this next 7-year life by studying the art.  One writing book I’m reading said it well, “No one listens to a classical pianist and asks themselves ‘why can’t I play like that?’ having never studied or practiced. And yet people do this all the time after reading something beautiful.”

3. Move Investing To Auto-pilot

Just as I’ve sorta put my engineering on auto-pilot during my “second life,” I’d like to move my investing into more of an auto-pilot mode in my third life so I can focus on new things of higher priority.  This shouldn’t be too difficult, since most of my investments are long-term.  I only review them once or twice a year, and reallocate annually.  And since I won’t have nearly as much excessive income, I won’t be burdened with trying to find new ways to invest them.  :)

(*) I would be perfectly happy living a not-so-normal non-suburban life as well, but this doesn’t jive with my wife’s priorities. But this just adds to the challenge and makes this journey all the more fun, so Im grateful for this.

 

Interestingly, items #1 and #2 above are unlikely to make much money, but either one of them could potentially add to my already sufficient income.  If done right, the energy efficient projects and aquaponics will not only reduce our family’s food and energy expenses, but possibly even return an income by selling excess renewable energy and organic food back to the community.  Aquaponics is especially interesting to me, and could be an opportunity for some charitable work since it’s becoming a popular way to provide for food shelters domestically, and for draught stricken areas internationally.  Writing could also make an income, although most struggling writers will laugh at that.  Fortunately, even a few bucks here and there is a success for me!


43 Responses to Financial Independence – Enabling Lives Worth Living

  1. The Stoic says:

    The cartoon is great, thanks for sharing.

    I’m not as close to being able to retire yet, but I’ve achieved a level of (semi) financial independence that has allowed me a little taste of what it is like to truly own my time. I wake when I want, work on the things that interest me and try new things just because I have the luxury of time to do so.

    I’m looking forward to your “next life” and hopefully you will share some thoughts/experiences with sustainable living. This is an area that interests me as well, especially eating practices.

    Cheers

  2. Michael says:

    I just started reading your blog so this is all in fast forward to me. I’m really happy for you.

    I think one thing that would be really great is if you could explain DIY electricity to people. I know that MMM’s plumbing posts really opened my eyes to the fact that I didn’t have to pay someone hundreds of dollars to change a PVC pipe in my sink. I know that EE is quite different than a household electrician, but surely you’re in an advantageous position for helping the rest of us out. :)

    From a person who read through your entire blog in the last week, here’s also what I found most interesting, and what I was curious about the most:
    * Your take on corporate culture and how to live out your principles within it
    * How to influence a job to become more flexible over time
    * Your values, how they’re changing, how they’re expressed in your life, over time (I loved the chart that you created and how you took a series of ideas and related them visually over a series of posts)

    Thanks again for giving me insight, wisdom, and further motivation.

    • Hey Michael, welcome to the site!

      You just gave me 4 great ideas for articles – the three you listed, plus a beginners course to electricity/solar. As I’ve been reading a lot about solar power, I find that the technical details are very simple for me because of my education and professional background as an EE, so I can probably translate that pretty well to those that aren’t as familiar with it. The part that has me intimidated about solar is deciphering the federal and state tax credits available, and the hoops someone has to jump through to get them. Unfortunately, that is all heavily dependent on the state and city/county, as well as your tax bracket in some areas. I’ll cover more of that in the future as well.

      • Michael says:

        That sounds great. I’ve always viewed solar as something that you pay someone a lot of money to install for you and (currently) get minor benefits from, financially. That’s a great excuse to get people thinking about electricity in more productive and less consumptive ways. I’m looking forward to it.

      • fiveoh says:

        I’d be interested to read these kind of posts as well! Especially about DIY solar, and home energy efficiency.

      • kristen says:

        Ditto! I agree with Michael. I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and I noticed that energy is a sizable part of your budget. It would be fun to follow along and learn what you do to reduce that expense while learning some tips I could apply in my own home.

      • @Kristen –

        Energy remains a high percentage of my expenses, and that’s something I plan to fix. Unfortunately, since my family and I are likely moving in the next 12-18 months to be closer to family, I’ll be limiting my investments to things that have an quick payoff and/or can be transferable to our future home.

  3. Andrew says:

    Hi BNL,

    You probably saw this on MMM, and I apologize if this is spam, but I’d love to chat with you about my aquaponics side project, AutoMicroFarm (automicrofarm.com). Please let me know if you’re up for chatting!

    Andrew

    • Andrew –

      I didn’t notice anything from you on MMM, but I easily could have missed it. I’d definitely be down to chat with you about your aquaponics (I just checked out your website, it looks really great). Hit me up using the “Contact Me” link at the top, and we can talk more.

  4. I think the 7-year life concept is particularly fascinating, especially as you’ve laid it out for you’re life. In looking at my own, albeit slightly younger, life, I haven’t seen such clean 7-year breaks. However, the bigger concept still applies. Life changes as each new season is entered, college, work, family, kids, and so forth, so it is expected ones interests and pursuits will change as well.

    As for your writing, are you looking at other outlets besides BNL to practice and expand your abilities?

    • As for your writing, are you looking at other outlets besides BNL to practice and expand your abilities?

      I try to write daily at 700words.com. There’t not much special about the site, but it helps you set goals for writing daily a minimum of 700 words and tracks some analytics. I don’t do it daily now, but it’s a personal goal. I also try to write a minimum of 500 words for this site every day that I’m not working (vacation, weekends, etc), although the majority of those words are never published. They’re all saved though, so sometimes they end up being a starting point for articles months or even years later. I don’t have any other outlets right now, but I do have a goal to write some children’s books one day and self-publish direct to Kindle. I don’t expect them to really make any money, but I think it would be fun and I have the perfect test subjects at home to tell me if they are any good.

  5. chris says:

    Cool synopsis of leading many lives in one lifetime BNL. Every time I’m asked “what will you do in early retirement,” my answer, these days with a sly smile is “everything.”

    I also find it interesting how being efficient in personal finance, tends to lead to being efficient in one’s lifestyle, i.e., sustainable living, solar, permaculture, etc (seems to be a common thread amongst FI types). I find myself interested in the same path and your cartoon reminded me of the joy of starting new interests, throughout one’s journey of life.

    Good luck, excited to hear about what becomes of your sustainable living projects. On a side note, I have a similar situation to you. I would live in a Yurt in a heartbeat, however, my wife is not interested.

    Cheers, Chris

    • Dude. Yurt’s are awesome! My wife and I almost bought a 5-acre wooded lot back east near her parents for a few thousand bucks, and I was gonna build either a Yurt or a tiny house out there. It was an eBay auction, and I lost it by $500. My wife would never let us live there, but she was OK with it being a fun little getaway for us and the kids.

      Little did she know I was gonna make it our retirement home. :)

  6. Jen says:

    Grass is greener… I have no desire to live in a yurt, as this is where I grew up. Well, not exactly, but we lived in a village, parents struggled to make ends meet. We grew our own vegetables and chickens, and chopped our own firewood to save on heating bills. Great organic lifestyle, which you hate when it is not by choice. Now I live in a booming metropolis and am planning to retire in this environment. I also don’t care for luxuries, which of course helps with early retirement. Should there be the end of the world, I know how to grow my own food. Though, come to think of it, living in the woods may not be so bad anymore, as now there is internet (which was not around in my childhood).
    BNL, congratulations on your new life – very excited for you! I have 5 more years to go :)

    • I think there’s some truth to the idea that this is simply the case of the grass being greener. I actually had a conversation about this with a friend of mine at work a few days ago, as I described buying land and setting up a large garden, aquaponics, etc. He pointed out how that can be a very stressful lifestyle, has historically taken years off of lives’, etc.

      But with all that acknowledged, I think a balance of the two lifestyles has the potential to take the best of both worlds. With my savings and capability to take advantage of modern technology, I can more easily grow food, have basic electricity and modern communication (internet, phone), clean water, warmth, etc. But I can also return to nature. I won’t need to take on the mental stress of a pure farmer, because I can always buy food to supplement what I can grow (and certainly I will).

  7. Dr. Doom says:

    Nice post, BNL.

    I don’t consider myself to be a great writer but I’ve done my share of investigation re: training and practice. I discovered the best guidance in the following books:

    Elements of Style, Crunk and White
    Becoming a Writer, Dorthea Brande
    The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron
    On Writing, Stephen King

    Most of the advice comes down to writing every day (which helps develop a consistent voice), forgiving yourself for not being perfect, and then making editing as important as writing. As you work through the books you’ll see many ideas overlap, which is a sign that the authors are all essentially providing a different view to the same path. This affirms (to me, anyway) that the path they’re describing is valid.

    Hope this helps you on your journey.

    • Thanks Doc. I’ve already read Elements of Style, and I’ve been on the library wait list for nearly a month for Stephen King’s book. I also read “If You Can Talk You Can Write,” which was very good (although I don’t consider myself a very good speaker either!), and “On Writing Well” by Zinnser.

      I also started listening to a writing podcast, which essentially all boils down to the same theme you already mentioned: just write a lot. That, and that re-writing and editing is where the real work is done.

      Thanks for the other book recommendations, I’ll check them out when I get a chance. For now, I’m trying to read a bit less and write a bit more. Otherwise, I wouldn’t really be taking in the message of the books anyways.

      • Dr. Doom says:

        Regardless of how you feel about King’s own work and style, I think you’ll find On Writing to be worth the wait. He opens the machine room door and lets you see the works, for better or worse. Also, he makes it a point to emphasize that you’ve got to read a ton, and in a particular way, because that’s how your brain learns how to do it. You’re showing it a model to follow, valid patterns to match, and you must feed it.

        I won’t say any more — it’d sort of spoil it, I think.

        Keep the posts coming.

  8. Thank you for the post BNL. That is how I have lived my life. I simply can’t imagine doing the same thing for decades.

    When I left my corporate job, people could not understand it. To many, it could only mean that I had either gone mad, had a nervous breakdown or was just plain burned out. Nope.

    Here’s a snapshot of my evolution:

    Life 1 – entrepreneur (retail) and university – business degree
    Life 2 – manager in tech firm – various roles
    Life 3 – entrepreneur on the side (professional services), university degree in different discipline, along with above job – various roles again
    Life 4 (current adventure) – entrepreneur (continued from above), investor, blogger and avid reader

    And that is only when it comes to one/multiple professional occupation(s). The cycles of learning and master also applies to other fulfilling pursuits. People try, maintaining and drop sports and other types of leisure in a similar cycle, though I don’t think these activities garner as much attention as the typical “what do you do” question.

    So pleased to see others are venturing down this path. The pursuit of serial passions makes life more interesting and it’s so much fun to surprise yourself with what will come next as we overlap mastery in one area with the emergence of another.

    I look forward to your future posts.

  9. I suppose I’m lucky in a way because I’ve made writing and publishing my living for the last 10 years, and I pretty much already control my time, sleep in, work when I want. HOWEVER… I can see the truth of the 7 year thing, because even my life which many would envy, has become a bit boring, and I’m anxious for the next life to start, whatever it may hold. I think a good bit of my next life will be a return to simplicity. Not so much in the way of utilities, growing my food, etc… that doesn’t interest me. More in the way of doing a lot more camping, spending time in nature, going on walks, playing with my kids, and just not really worrying about the worries of life. I’d also like to become a more proficient investor. And pursue some work projects which interest me. I’ll still spend about 30% of my time doing work I don’t like, to pay the bill, but I’m happy that 70% of my work is work that is flexible and which I like.

    one way I like to think about financial independence is returning to the lifestyle of a kid. Our society tells us that as adults we should always be stressed, paycheck to paycheck etc. But financial independence sort of allows us to feel like a 14 year old again, low stress, etc. What do smart 14 year olds do? They do lots of cool stuff, learn new things, skills, sports, etc. I’m not advocating being irresponsible like a kid – I definintely make it a priority to take care of me and mine, and to try to leave the world a better place. I just mean being a kid from the standpoint of stress and over-burdened adult life in America.

    • Love that thought. That’s how I felt when I left my corporate job. I felt like I had the opportunity to get reacquainted with my 17-year-old self (only an older and wiser version).

  10. Squire says:

    Great post; rank it up there with the “Script of Life” one you wrote. Liked the Warren Buffet’s child quote too. I’d say the concern over your “next life” is reasonable, but then consider that most will never reach the point where they even realize there’s another “life” out there and let that motivate the choices. Also find it funny that you have a stream of comments from regular readers on a long running blog and confide that you hate your writing. We are are own worst enemy- I’d say its always good to “Sharpen the Saw”, but keep it up. Happy b-day.

  11. Pete says:

    Great post as usual. Give us some good details on your venture into aquaponics. Thought about it, but chose to do the permaculture/food forest thing instead. Seems to me the best way to better the world, rather than just trying to do as little harm. All the best. Hope to hear some good news.

    • Food forests seem great. When we move out of Colorado to a more fertile area, probably in the next year, I intend to buy a larger lot and add a food forest as well as some other permaculture. My hope is to have over half an acre, which will be plenty of room for a food forest, traditional gardens, and an outdoor greenhouse for aquaponics.

      • BNL – We are very excited for you. We have everything you listed short of aquaponics and it feels truly amazing. We manage to get most of the fresh food we need (vegetables and fruit) out of our yard and massive garden for about 6 months out of the year and do a lot of canning and freezing to stretch that even longer. I highly recommend it for the quality of the food you can grow and the health benefits of working the land/soil. It does a mind and body good.

      • Pete says:

        You don’t need a lot of property. These folks are making 6000 pounds of food a year, over 16 pounds a day, on 4000 square feet of land. I’ve been at this a very short time and already make more greens than I can keep up with. I’ve added quite a bit of water harvesting techniques and hope to cut watering all together. Of course, I live in SoCal where the weather is conducive. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCmTJkZy0rM

      • Pete –
        Thanks for sharing that link. I’ve seen lots of those videos, and they always inspire me. I built my raised garden bed yesterday (4′ x 8′) and I’ll be setting up my larger outdoor aquaponics system this weekend, assuming my guy on Craigslist gets his barrels in. I’m excited to se how much this yields this summer.

  12. I love the cartoon you shared. I think this is a great way to keep yourself aware that you can choose so many different things in a single lifetime. I wonder what this means in terms of selecting a career. Most people figure that out when they are pretty young. But at that point you’ve maybe lived through one of your lifetimes. Is it fair to make people choose at that point?

  13. If you are an entrepreneur, you will always be looking for deals and ways to produce income. Retired or not.

    Being FI already, but still working a real job for a couple more years, I will still manage my properties and look for deals. I just did a flip with a partner and we each made 26K, after slightly less than 3 months.

    Get the deals BEFORE the Realtor, not after.

    If you need any advice, please email me.

  14. Guest says:

    Happy Birthday, and good luck with your third life. I hope it still includes maintaining the blog.

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  19. Man Of Leisure says:

    Great post, BNL. I first came across your blog a few months ago, and I’ve come back occasionally since then. I found this post to be exceptionally relevant to me.
    It looks like we’re the same age, with the same profession, and have both been on auto-pilot for a while. (I had never been able to sum up how I feel about my work so simply — auto-pilot is the perfect term.)
    It sounds like you came to the revelation of becoming FI and ditching the corporate world a few years before me. I’m starting to place greater value on frugality and dividend investing in the hopes that I can eventually do something more rewarding than sitting in my cubicle for 40 hours a week. I don’t know yet what I would do in place of my current career, but figuring it all out is just part of the process.
    I find the first challenge is to provide a good life for my kids and wife without imposing excessive frugal-ness. One has to know when to pick his battles!

  20. My first reaction was to scoff, but when I sat back and thought about it: wow, my life kind of fits this pattern as well. Not consciously at all, and I don’t think I’ve yet to master anything, but I can break it down into three major phases:

    1. Academic – went to university, spent 3 years and a lot of money towards a PhD. Ended up giving up on it for health, money, and when I left I realized while I was a decent academic I hated it.

    2. Part-time worker/part-time stay-at-home Dad – Being a new Dad is hard. Balancing a half-and-half work schedule is tougher. Discovering ERE and MMM helped us pare down our lives and now I still work, but I can focus so much more on my kids.

    3. Homeschooler – Made this switch and I love it.

  21. Your private jet comment is bang on. I love travel, and have traveled all over Asia and South America, but the desire to escape working a regular job really focused the mind on what was important in life and what was the best use of our limited resources. Your money is after all a representation of your finite life force. You can have more money or more time but seldom both. What really got me in the end was that we would travel to all these places and basically do the same things wherever we were. Basically you eat, sleep, wash, participate in leisure activities, go on the internet etc. The scenery changes a bit but 90% of the substance remains the same. So is it worth spending so much more to travel?

    This got me thinking about the idea of “diminishing returns” when deciding how big “the number” needs to be to pull the trigger and quit. For example if I had a million dollars in capital then I could afford a nice lifestyle with all the basics, but as you note no gulfstream jet. Then if I had two million I could ramp up my lifestyle, eat in more fancy restaurants, live in a bigger house, have a more expensive carpet and watch etc. But the substance is the same. I can’t take up any more space on a larger sofa for example. I can’t eat more. I could drink more but that’s a slippery slope. Two million would be better, but by how much more? Worth working ten more years of your life for? Even in Japan I can live better than kings 50 years ago on 18,000 USD a year if we spend it wisely. There is nothing more beautiful than enjoying a bicycle ride on a summer day. I’ll trade that simple stuff for the office any day.

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  23. Steve Miller says:

    I loved this post. I reached financial independence 3 years ago (retired at 50) and I can now plan my day how I like (I work out, cycle, golf, fish and work on photography). But I also like to keep my mind fresh so I work on app development.

    My latest pet project is creating a mobile app that allows you to countdown the days to retirement or financial independence (http://www.CountUsDown.com/Retirement).

    The haters will stay I’m still working but they are missing the point. I don’t do it for the money (I’m already FI), I do it because I want to and I can.

    All the best – great blog!

  24. Jim Lin says:

    I really like this post, as it’s the first time I’ve read something new about self discovery – in reference to the master something in 7 years and the many lives we can choose to lead.

    I have been treading water over the last 11 years doing the same thing, I essentially become a master at it about 2-3 years ago. And lately I have been thinking what to do next, I was able to do this after a 6 month off break from work to re-evaluate my life and my career. So how apt I stumbled upon the comic in your post.

    Lastly I want to give you some feedback on your writing. It has improved, markedly so. In comparison to your posts from the beginning of the blog, g back and read them! Also in my opinion, your longer posts are much better then your short ones. I would personally take a longer amount of time to publish a longer, more indepth post as opposed to a short one. Although I am sure your supporters might disagree!

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