I don't want to die a loser. You die a loser if you feel you haven't lived life enough when it's over. That one goal. That one dream. That one thought you never grabbed a hold of and actually followed because you gave yourself so many damn excuses it's made it impossible to see the possibilities. That's what I don't want to die thinking about.
Sometimes I look at people with deep sadness and watch as they sigh about lost dreams and lost ideals that never fruited because of some thing that happened to didn't happen. Either money or time seemed to be never made. Constant excuses were made and when the subject approached doing it now, yet another excuse was made. Age. Time. Money.
You're never too old to follow your dreams. You're never too poor to find a way to earn your dreams. You're never have less time than the person beside you who's always found theirs. We are all given a number of years, but we tend to live a very decent few decades - to which each one of us has the opportunity to make the most or the least of. It's what you chose to do with the time you're given, which is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year - to do what is best for you.
So this budget. This budget. I am thinking about my future and the things I truly want; houses, land, investments, travel opportunities, and the list continues. I think to myself like I tend to do (as I cannot think to someone else just yet) that I should approach these goals like I approach all my goals - with a great deal of seriousness. And I'm not talking "Be serious, you can't do that." I'm talking, "What would it seriously take for you to do that?"
If I save well for three months - three! - I can go to Greece with my husband for a small number of weeks. If I save well for all twelve months of the year, I can do that trip every year and buy a house within five years and an investment property in ten. Ten years of saving in the entire 100odd so I get in life so that I can spend the rest of it almost never worrying about money, having a passive income and seeing parts of the world every year? Why don't I do this?
Excuses. Time. Money. Bullshit. I'm not one for it. I see, day after day, people who sit there and complain about their life and how hard they have it compared to other people. All that energy. All that pain. All that jealousy. Why wouldn't you use it more constructively? Instead of spending an hour writing about how you can't get a job, why don't you put your resume out there, call a few friends and ask if they have openings or hell, sell some unneeded possessions?
Sure you can say you have no time or no money but if you're not happy, loving life, feeling successful and being ambitious about your future, is that really time and money you're spending well? Sit back and review how you spend you time and money. Look at what things make you happy and what things don't.
Forget numbers for a moment. Does the high-paying job make you miserable? Did you have more freedoms when you were a broke student (and less stress?)? Maybe. Maybe not. But if the money isn't making you happy - it's not buying you a damn thing other than living. And you're not doing that much either.
In th end, you're the most important thing in the world. You're the only constant in your world and you're the only person who will have to live with you forever. Do you like you? Do you like where you're going? Do you like where you are? Make steps to work toward that. For fuck's sake, follow your dreams! Any age! Dreams are just as important at 60 as they are at 6!
Sit back and reflect for just a moment. What can you improve? Improve it! What makes you miserable? Get rid of it! Surround yourself with only things that make you happy because you're the only one who has to live with the things you surround yourself with. Nobody else. Keep friends you love. Don't keep the ones who constantly use you but you give them a second chance.
And for the love of Gd, don't die regretting everything you never did.