We’ve all heard this kind of story before and many of us know someone something like this has happened to:
(Wo)man works all their lives, slaving away for a paycheck with the dream of one day being able to retire and finally live their dreams. Six weeks after retirement they drop dead from a heart attack.
Everyone around them laments over the pity of it all. These were supposed to be the golden years and they were cut short. Some people will be greatly affected by the tragedy. Some may even make changes in their lives. Most will go back to work on Monday, and the Monday after that, in a job they hate, saving for retirement.
This scenario scares me, I know people it has happened to and its something I think about often.
I try to live me life for the moment instead of for the future. One of the questions I ask myself is:
“If I die tomorrow, will I be happy with the life I lived?”
And I think it is important to remind ourselves that there is only one thing that is certain in this life and its death. I don’t remind myself this to be morbid, or worried, or scared, but to remember to live.
Each day is a gift that should not be squandered.
Now, I am not saying we should not plan for our future. I am a planner by nature and retirement is a reality in my goal setting. Now that we have kids, and we are mid-life, we do think more about financial security. And while it is important, it is no where near the top of our list. We will not spend all of our lives with the vision that we will only be able to follow our dreams “some day”.
We choose to follow our dreams now and always.
We choose to live extraordinary lives.
Because you never know when your time will be up in this amazing experiment.
I feel very strongly that we need to live our best lives. Working the daily grind all your life, following the status quo of building up your empire of material possessions, and putting aside your nest egg so that one day you may have the freedom to follow your dreams…..Is this really living?
We never know when our health will fail us, or some accident will claim our lives, and our children are only children for a short time. For us, living the life we dream of now is our highest priority.
What’s your dream? And are you willing to make it your reality?
Every man dies, not every man really lives. — William Wallace