I have always been one to make the most out of each day I am given. The reality of this given life is that one day, it will come to an inevitable end. Sad, but true. One day you could be making plans for your next five years, and the next we could be gone. Doesn't the reality of that make you want to live each day as if it is your last?
It does for me.
Every day we are presented with the horrors of the world. Either from the news or just while surfing online. Young people are passing away in all different ways and I am not immune to falling victim to a tragic even such as those. We do not have an all-seeing eye into the future that lets us know when our time is up. In fact, most people assume they will live until their ripe old age, which I suppose could be a good thing. After all, keeping positive thinking is something that is promoted everywhere now. I have to agree, thinking positive has many impressive results.
I suppose I am at the stage in my life where I want to work to live rather than live to work.
Which today seems more difficult than before. Since the pandemic, everyone seems to have taken on the mindset that they need to gain as much income as possible, just in case we run into another lockdown at some point.
I can understand that. After all, no one wants to be in a situation that drains every cent of their savings, and now that we know it can happen, we're trying to be prepared.
However, this mindset takes away from you enjoying the life you are trying to support. Rather than taking a day at the park or enjoying a movie night - you're slaving away to ensure your finances stay in high margins.
Don't forsake your memories for a fat wallet. Take the time to enjoy time with those you love. Work when the time calls for it, then leave your work at the door when you return home. Give your full attention to your children and your spouse so they remember how much you love and appreciate them.
When my sands of time run out, a long time from now (I hope), I want to make sure I can think back on my life and remember moments with those that care for me rather than how many zeros show on my bank statement. I want to have no regrets.
Today, I am pleased with the lifestyle I have chosen. I get to watch my children grown into magnificent people, I get to make memories with the man that finishes my life puzzle and I get to connect with my friends and extended family along the way.
Sure, I work. I make a living just like everyone else, but it does not consume my every day. It does not fall highest on my list of priorities. To some, I work quite a bit, and I'm sure I do. However, the glory of the career I have is that I can work when I am able, and I can make time for my family whenever I see fit.
I've had some who worry about the work I do. Suggesting that if I worked more or if I had chosen a different career path, that I would be able to buy a car, buy a home and take my family on lavish vacations. Yeah, maybe, but what time would I have with my children outside of those trips? Three weeks a year does not make up for the remaining 49. I am not willing to sacrifice 80% of my opportunity to enjoy life for that measly 20% and an electric vehicle. I'll stick with what I've got.
What matters most can't be purchased.
By all means, earn your income and form your life. However, don't do it at the expense of your memories. Watch the smiles, play the board games, go to the movies, enjoy weekend getaways and everything in-between.
You'll be richer than anyone with mountains of the green paper.
🧡Shine Bright, Kayla