Why wait for some other time to come when you will be able to follow your dreams?
If you woke up this morning, you should be chasing your dreams or setting yourself up to chase them. It pains me to see people get in the everyday groove of a “Dream Life.” Finish high school, go to college, get an office job, buy a new house, buy a new car, start a family, cash in your vacation time to pay off some of your credit card debt because you just needed a bigger television with the latest technology (“but it was on sale though”), pay only the interest on your student loans, complain you need a raise, day dream about when you retire and how great it’s going to be.
What about right now? Why not live your dreams now? Rent a small cheap apartment, drive a used car, take a three day vacation every quarter. Travel to a destination every month and explore. Have one grand trip every year. You can do all of these things with kids. I know people who do.
My grandparents saved money for retirement their whole life while raising eight kids. Unfortunately, they no longer have the health to live their one dream of going to Sweden to visit family. Almost every time I visited my grandmother after my grandfather passed away she would tell me to go live my dreams while I am young, broke, and still have my health.
The problem is you think you have time and unlimited health. Everyone’s clock is ticking. Why not take all of your retirement time now? I don’t plan on ever retiring. I also don’t plan on having a single red cent in my bank account when I die. If I do, I missed out on doing something adventurous.
People warn you to play it safe. Save. Invest in a home. They say it’s your future. Max out your 401k. Work overtime. It means more money. I’m warning you to play it safe, and go for it right now.
I’ve had a handful of really close friends in my life. One passed away five years ago, one passed away three years ago. Neither of them were 35. I watched another friend slowly die of cancer in her mind thirties. I want you to understand, time is something you do not have.
We all want to have the nicest of everything. Hell, I could pay off my house in the next year or two if I quit racing and buying gear. Then again, what is a house other than a reinforced tent to keep the snow off your head, a place to wash yourself, and storage for your possessions? If I traded all of my adventures for not having a house payment after two years, I would have wasted those years.
No one keeps anything forever. Time takes all things back. So, invest in yourself and your experiences. Get them in now. Who cares if you end up being 80 years old serving coffee or beer? At least you’ll have some cool shit to chat about besides square footage and how the stock market is doing. I have never read a book about someone who has lived the perfect, safe life. As much as people preach its virtues, know one is actually interested. They just don’t want to feel bad about how they’re spending the little time we have alive.
Dare those mighty things people.