“I only want to live in peace, plant potatoes and dream”

10 Year Target
3 min readNov 11, 2019

I only want to live in peace, plant potatoes and dream


The quote above is from Moomin of the Finish comic Moomin Valley. This is a quote that has resonated with me for a long time. It sounds so relaxing and appealing and can act as a great motivator for becoming financially free.

The Origin of the Quote

The quote is from a comic strip in which the character Sniff is pushing the Moomintroll to do an attempt in becoming rich and famous. Moomin’s response is running away in anger and claiming that he “only wants to live in peace, plant potatoes and dream”.

In the light of the original comic book strip, you could argue that the Moomintroll and I are a little different. Since my blog is describing a journey towards riches. But I would argue differently.

The Moomintroll and I think the same way. But I put down a lot of work, save and invest today, to achieve financial freedom. And once I have achieved financial freedom, then I can live in peace, plant potatoes and dream.

Live In Peace

I recently lived in the capital of Norway, Oslo, but have now moved half an hour outside. Many of my international readers will argue that Oslo is not a big city, but no matter how you look at it is a city. And a city is big, noisy, have lots of peoples and cars.

Where I live now is better. But it is still close enough to Oslo to be impacted by the cities imperfections.

The dream for me would be to move far away to a remote location where I didn’t need to be forced to be surrounded by people. Don’t get me wrong, I like my colleagues today, would move with my girlfriend and my friends could come over whenever they wanted. It is all the other people that are draining me. All the people in the streets, on the roads and in the line in front of me. They are just noise.

Moving to a cottage in the woods, the mountains or the seaside would be so relaxing to me.

A few months ago I wrote a blog post called “ 8 jobs I would have if I worked for free “. Looking back on this blog post I see that the jobs I mention are all peaceful jobs I could perform in the…

10 Year Target

Investor in my early 30’s determined to generate enough assets in the next 10 years so my ROI matches my expenses. Twitter: @10yeartarget