What I am talking about? One of the few things money can’t buy! That’s right! It doesn’t matter how much money we all have, whether we are FI or not. We already own the most valuable asset there is: LIFE!
No this is not a “downer” post! It is a friendly reminder (again!) that money is not the end goal, enjoying life IS and money is only a mean to help you achieve that goal.
You should never forget to enjoy life along your FI journey. It is a gift we can lose at any time, often without any warnings.
Life Is Fragile :
In the last few weeks I was reminded of how fragile life is:
“My 49-year-old brother was just in a terrible auto accident and is in a coma in the ICU since this weekend. He’s a family doctor and has three kids. It seemed like he had so many days, and now it seems I may be able to count them on one hand. Sorry to be depressing here, but yes, make those days count the best you can.”
Steph over at Simplistic Steph also added a comment:
“This post hits home to me today! One of my coworkers passed away this weekend at a very young age. He was only 47!!!! So awful. It really makes you stop and realize how blessed we are.
It also is a great reminder how little money and things matter! His life was filled with love, and that’s what we all remember of him. We don’t remember his possessions.”
Just A Kid!
Then last week I found out that a young woman we knew when my kids were in high school was hit by a 19-year-old drunk driver and succumbed to her injuries 6 days later! She was 21!
“A 21-year-old University of Toronto student has been identified as the victim of a fatal downtown hit-and-run last week.
Police said the female victim … was attempting to cross the street on March 15 at the intersection of Huron and College streets when she was struck by a northbound vehicle that was travelling in the southbound lanes. The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m.
After the collision, police said they believe alcohol may have been a factor in the deadly crash.”
You can read the full article : Victim of deadly downtown hit and run …
I can’t imagine what the parents must be going thru! How do you go on?
I know I repeat myself, but it does!
Anything can happen to any of us, to any of our loved ones at any time and the best we can do is make sure we take full advantage of our time with them while they (we) are alive. It doesn’t matter how much money we have, life is not something we can buy back.
Related post: How My Husband’s Depression Changed Our Lives Forever
Life Is The Most Valuable Asset We “Own”:
Make the time for your loved ones, focus on your values and don’t sacrifice your values for more money! Check out one of Amy’s posts about personal values and money.
Memories are such a wonderful thing to have
I don’t know why some of us need the reminder once in a while, human nature I guess. Sometimes, we get so busy in our day-to-day routines, we tend to forget to enjoy the journey, even temporarily.
So whatever you FI plan is, keep working at it but make the time for your loved ones and enjoy the journey along the way! Life is all about balance.
In Memory of Emma.