Some people can count on their retirement. Others cannot. Despite having worked very hard, some people do not belong to this group. Bear in mind it is hardly a choice. It happens. Yes. It. does. Young people tend to believe you have full control of your life.
It is good that they think like this. However, somethings in life that were not in our script happen and change what we have planned. Then it is your real chance to show how to deal with the unexpected facts and make the best out of what is possible.
When you have kids you feel the responsibility of offering the best on earth to them: they should be well fed, dressed and educated. You would like to change the world to make it a better place for them. You feel so much love, that it moves and motivates you to conquest at least the minimal financial stability, so that you can provide them with what they need.
At this point there is a delicate balance to find: between the things you can buy and the time it takes for you to be able to afford them. It is hardly possible to choose or to find compromises between these two – so much that we end up by buying more things than our children actually need to make up for the time we cannot be with them.
And there we go, we also pamper ourselves for working so hard. And in a vicious-circle we need to go on working to pay all the stuff we got used to have and do, even thinking they describe who we are: my car, my house, my shoes.
The trigger here is when one realizes that money is not only money, but your lifetime. For every object that you possess, it carries the amount of lifetime you spent to gain the money to pay for that thing. Many are essential, others imprison you. Can you tell the difference?
Have you ever thought how precious and important spending TIME together is?
The minimalists state it is better to do stuff than to have stuff.
I fully agree.
We need to do so much with our time, that it just vanishes among the daily tasks.
“Life is what happens to you when you are busy doing other things.” Sings John Lennon.
And so it is. We stick to our familiar routine until the day the job becomes unbearable, the kids move out, until you realize your health is not as it was before…
It may be a sign to seriously consider some change on the way you make ends meet.
That is how I became the owner of an Art Gallery in Vienna.