My grandma was an amazing lady. She used to tell us to enjoy our youth because the sky doesn’t stay as blue when when we get older. She used to insist on indulging us, but I suppose all grandma’s do. She was the most responsible woman that I have ever know. She could stretch a dollar further than anyone else. The difference was that she had to do that. Thats what she lived on early on in her life. I thought of her today. She left us with life lessons without us even realizing it.
Saw this commercial and loved it.
The tag line is “Life should be equal parts responsibility, and fun.” Excellent reminder for all of you to slow down and enjoy the fruits of our labour. We get caught in the hustle of things. Whether it’s paying off debt, or earning money to buy a house, or working hard to get to the higher position so we can work harder and buy more things.
I, personally, had a hard time finding a balance between the two, and still struggle with over working and attempting to “prove” myself. While I know that I am saving for the future so I can have money when I retire, there are times where I wonder if putting the amount of emphasis that we put on retirement really makes sense as punish ourselves now.
Not to put a damper on anyone’s mood, but we’re not really guaranteed a retirement, we’re not even guaranteed tomorrow, so the things that we want to do should be done now, well soonish. I know I wrote a post earlier about why having a “fun” fund is important to me. Yes, I had a tiny bit of my grad school loans left when I went on vacation. Yes, I has those when I went to that concert, or bought the Starbucks drink. The point here isn’t to preach. I’m sure there are a lot people who have found the right balance between fun and responsibility. My point here is merely this, if all we ever do is work hard to save for a future that is not promised, how do we justify wasting the time that is given to us.
Also, to the people who say “YOLO”, this is not a way to justify stupidity. Its merely a reason not to have regrets as we grow old.
I’m going to jump out of an airplane this weekend. Yes, you read that right.