Remember when time seemed like a simple and lasting thing? Each day of our life seemed to last forever, engrossed in the simple pleasures of youth with no worries or cares of what comes next. Gone are those days in a world of fast paced, multitasking lifestyles. Lost have we the feelings of joy and wonder about the simple things, lost in the onslaught of pressure to succeed. But at what price? What is lost in the pursuit?
I have achieved success, at least someones measure of such, once in my life. I had a great job with a future, great pay, a company car and other perks so many people consider successful. I golfed with the President of the company, and went to his house on weekends. I thought this was the dream. But was it my dream?
I paid the price for that job. 90 plus hour a week, marriage down the tubes, poor diet, stress level through the roof and more. And for what? What is money and status worth to you? Are you willing to give up your health, spare time, friends and family life all in the pursuit of wealth? It’s foolish to think you will enjoy your retirement in style with all the money you save if you destroy everything that matters in the process. What good comes from all the “stuff” if you have no one to share it with?
I have come to the conclusion that society as a whole is to blame for the drive to succeed, no matter what the cost. The constant pressure, even from a young age, to acquire more and more stuff, the need for the latest and greatest, is a self perpetuating spiral of work and spend. Never satisfied with what you have, always living a paycheck away from losing it all. Forgetting or even neglecting what is right in front of you, we struggle to maintain a certain level of lifestyle trying to “compete with the Jones’s” as it were.
How many young people will come to retirement age and look back at their lives and reflect on how much time they wasted? It’s the simple things stupid! Will a new watch or that new phone have a lasting impact on your life? A new BMW every 3 years, or a 4 bedroom house in a swanky neighborhood, will that create lasting happiness? If it does, follow that goal. But remember, unless you are truly rich, what have you missed to get them.
You only get one shot at this, and you had better make the best of it. Find out what really makes you happy, and LIVE it! Just remember, no matter what you do, there is a price to pay. You can’t have everything. I have decided to go back to the basics of life. Food, clothing and shelter. I will live on a sailboat, work a job I love doing, make enough to support a simple existance, but most of all, keep it simple, and enjoy life!