Have you ever seen commercials for retirement planning and investment companies?
The dialog usually goes a little something like this.
“Because I have made smart investment choices I can finally live the life I’ve always wanted to.”
These words were, of course, spoken by an active baby boomer who appeared to have everything together.
I am trying to save for my “golden years”, but this model of waiting until 60 or 65 or whatever age to enjoy life just isn’t working for me.
Let’s see. This is how it goes for a lot of people: Work to just barely get by. Try to save some money so they do not have to eat cat food as seniors and sit around as we wait for death. Interesting model of life to follow.
It isn’t just about making good financial decisions that can help keep you on track as you age. That is pretty sound advice. But that kind of message implies something more sinister.
We are expected to delay doing the things we want to do in order to do the things society expects us to do.
That feels like watching life rather than living it. Like waiting for all the cool stuff to happen at you rather than making opportunities..
I am making the decision not to wait for “retirement”.
I know that there are a lot of circumstances that play into every individuals ability and desire to make these big changes happen in their lives. But I do know one universal truth.
You don’t know what will happen next.
I don’t want to face death at any age and be angry or sad that I didn’t do all the things I wanted to do. I don’t want to know that I waited even a day too long.
You’re idea of living deliberately is may be different from mine. In fact, I practically guarantee it. I’m not saying you shouldn’t enjoy your job or that you shouldn’t work hard. What I am suggesting is make sure that the thing you’re doing is what you want to be doing. Don’t imagine a day in the future when you can “finally” do the thing you want to do. What if you never get there?
This is deliberate living to me.
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