Starry starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land.
Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They would not listen they did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now.
Vincent by Don McLean
When was the last time you walked into a field, laid down in the grass and just stared at the stars. Just let yourself go and dreamed of traveling to far away places. I bet like me its been a long time. Do you remember how it felt to truly let go of the daily struggle? To immerse yourself in the moment without thought for what comes next? In today’s fast paced society its hard to find time to eat, never mind enjoy some quiet time.
How about parents? How do you find time to give your children the bonding they need? Some parents send their kids to after school programs so they can both work long hours. By the time they realize it, the kids are just photos in the living room, all grown up and gone. They were raised by teachers, TV, Facebook and their friends. When they look upon them through the eyes of a parent, will they be surprised by how much they don’t know about them? They are only children for a short time, don’t waste that time with the quest for “Things” that could come later. You can’t buy time.
When was the last time you sat with your significant other and watched a sunset? Just held hands, not saying a word. Maybe never? Why not! You only get a short amount of time in this life. Do you want to fill it up with work? Padding someone else’s retirement? If you retire at 65 with a bunch of money, but you get cancer at 67, what good did it do for you to have worked so hard and sacrificed so much time? Happiness is not achieved with money. The best you can get is comfort. I’ll take a little discomfort and a lifetime full of great memories any day. What are you willing to sacrifice to get what you want?
There are some things that we truly need. Food, clothing and shelter. To get these things we need money. But how much? Do you need steak every night, designer clothes or a fancy house? No, you don’t. Yes they are nice, but the more of them, the less time for other. Nothing is free. Unless you win the powerball or inherit a lot, you will always have to pick this over that. I have pared down my “Stuff” to the bare minimum. I don’t eat fancy meals very often and I wear inexpensive clothes. My shelter is the truck that I drive. No house or apt. My only goal is the sailboat. Once I have that, everything else is small fry. Then I won’t need a lot of money to live at the comfort level I want. Then I will truly be free!
For now, I travel the country with my best friend. I drove 603 miles today, and will do about the same tomorrow. I know what is important in my life. Family comes first, then work to pay for my goals. If I stay focused, in 5 years I will have achieved the first part of my plan. I should have enough money to purchase the boat and restore it. Another year or two to build up an emergency fund and then take a year off to sail. The only part of my plan I have no control over is that my buddy won’t be there to see the boat. I’ve grown very attached to my dog, maybe to much. Dogs truly are mans best friend, and I will never forget him. Like Don McLean said,
But I could have told you Vincent
This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you.