It’s another fluff piece! Sometimes it’s nice to sit back, relax a little and take a break from all the accounting and tax posts. Sometimes it’s just nice to read something that makes you think in a good way, as opposed to using those hardworking brain cells to make sure everything tax related is in order. Therefore, we present to you with another little post about life things in general.
I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase, in fact, I think we all have at some point or some variation of it; most people live their lives and by the end of it, realized they haven’t lived at all. I don’t know about you all, but that’s just downright depressing. Yet it tends to ring true with most of us.
From the time we’re children we have a routine that exists to help get us to the next phase of life. For instance, we go to school to get educated and have a chance at higher education so we can come out with a good job. Then we transition from school into a job and build a life for ourselves, figure out how to cook for ourselves, pay all our new bills, maybe open that retirement account we hear it’s never too early to saving for. Next, for some people, is to find that lifelong partner, settle down, have kids, pay more bills and keep working for retirement. To some degree, we all live a variation of this and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!
However, how often do we find ourselves sitting there and just think about getting to the next day, making it to that next paycheck, or just making it until you get a better job suited for you? For most of us, that’s pretty regular. What’s not regular, though, is flying by the seat of our pants, living in the moment and putting our overall wellbeing and happiness at the forefront. It’s hard to make those things a priority when there’s bills to pay, mouths to feed, and funds to have in case of an emergency.
Let’s take a moment, though, and think about what really matters to us. At the end of the day, what is it that we really want to have accomplished? Is it that we just made it through the day and paid off a credit card? Or is it that we really spent our time the best way we possibly could?
So we challenge our clients to think about what really, really matters to them. Do you have dreams of skydiving, or backpacking across Europe, or being a professional gypsy and work your way across the globe? Maybe you want to hike the entire Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Coast Trail? Or, maybe you’re dream to is to have your own business doing your passion, whatever that may be so you CAN lead the life you envision for yourself (cough, calling your own shots, cough). Then again, maybe your biggest dream to is to know each and every night your children are safe and sound, you’re doing your absolute best to provide for them, and make them the best human beings they can be.
We tend to think that we can follow our dreams in our early twenties before we settle down, or wait until we’re into retirement and have time to make whatever our dreams may be come true. Again, isn’t that just depressing? Why not make sure we set aside designated time and funding to do the things we’re passionate about, even if that means a few hours to just read?
After all, we do only get one shot at making the most of our lives, so why not spend more of our time doing the things that light a fire underneath us, no matter how small it might be? We tend to think that it’s those small moments that add up over time!