"Because I have made smart investment choices I can finally live the life I've always wanted to."These words were, of course, spoken by an active baby boomer who appeared to have everything together.
And we both cringed.
It isn't about making good financial decisions that can help keep you on track you as you age. That is pretty sound advice. But that kind of message implies something more sinister.
We are expected to delay doing the things we want to do in order to do the things society expects us to do.
That feels like watching life rather than living it. Like waiting for all the cool stuff to happen at you rather than making opportunities..
I made the decision not to wait for retirement. I didn't even worry about creating some sort of early retirement scenario.
Instead, I figured out what I really want to do and did it.
I know that there are a lot of circumstances that play into every individuals ability and desire to make these big changes happen in their lives. But I do know one universal truth.
You don't know what will happen next.
I don't want to face death at any age and be angry or sad that I didn't do all the things I wanted to do. I don't want to know that I waited even a day too long.
You're idea of living deliberately is going to be very different from mine. In fact, I practically guarantee it. I'm not saying you shouldn't love your job or that you shouldn't work hard but what I am saying is make sure that the thing you're doing is what you want to be doing. Don't imagine a day in the future when you can "finally" do the thing you want to do. What if you never get there?
This is deliberate living to me.