Google CFO Patrick Pichette is retiring to spend more time with his family. Big deal, you say? It might not like seem like that big of a deal at first, but when you consider the post that Pichette wrote on Google+ explaining his decision, you might be a little more impressed.

Pichette knew that his decision to retire to spend more time with his family would be met with skepticism.

"After nearly 7 years as CFO, I will be retiring from Google to spend more time with my family," said Pichette. "Yeah, I know you've heard that line before."  
Pichette, 52, is on the younger side of retirement age. But as he points out in his post, he realized that he no longer wanted to wait for a better time to lead his own life. According to Pichette, it all started last fall, when he and his wife, Tamir, were climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and his wife asked if they could just keep going — just keep hiking off into the sunset to see more places and do more things together. Ever the dutiful CFO, Pichette doled out the reasons that they could not — which basically amounted to "not yet." And that's when his wife hit him with the big whammy:
"But then she asked the killer question: So when is it going to be time? Our time? My time? The questions just hung there in the cold morning African air."
Pichette goes on to explain how he simply could not shake this thought. He had already spent the last several decades of his life working at what he calls a "frenetic pace," 
" Always on - even when I was not supposed to be. Especially when I was not supposed to be."
And so, Pichette decided that it was, in fact, the right time for he and his wife to do the things they had always wanted to do with their lives. Sure, as a Google executive, Pichette is in the enviable position to be able to make this decision presumably without worrying where next month's rent or grocery money will come from. But I think these are questions that even those of us without multimillion dollar salaries can and should be asking ourselves.

When is it your time? When is it enough? At what point will you get to start living the life you want to lead rather than the one that is expected of you?

These are tough questions to ask — and even tougher  to answer. But if we don't ask them, we may find that we have spent all of our days spinning on the hamster wheel of life without taking the time to make our own decisions about how long and how far we want to go.

"In the end, life is wonderful, but nonetheless a series of trade offs, especially between business/professional endeavors and family/community."
Retiring Google CFO reflects on work/life balance
When is it time to start living the life you want instead of the one that's expected of you?