–by Wendy Morley, Publisher –
My mother, who is a retired nurse, once told me: “I’ve been with a lot of people when they die. Many of them have said they wished they’d spent more time with their family. And lots of them said they wished they’d done more of the things they’d wanted to do in life. But not one of them said they wished they’d made more money.”
Sometimes it can be really easy to fall into that making-money overworking trap. You’ve spent more than you’ve earned and now have to work extra hours to get out of debt, or you want to save up for your downpayment on a house, or you know that in order to get the job you’re after you need to put in some overtime. And it’s true; you do want to accomplish things, get control of your finances, save, maybe one day even prepare for a family. If you have to work a little more here or there to accomplish some definitive goal, then so be it. But it’s very easy for that little more here and there to become your life.
There’s one thing I love about the current younger generation. They are not willing to sacrifice quality of life for some work badge of honor. That may piss off their bosses, and the older generation might tsk tsk and bemoan the fact that millennials are lazy, but that’s ok. You know it’s not a matter of laziness; it’s knowing what’s important in life:
• Having experiences like travel, that will make you learn and grow as a person
• Spending time with people who mean something to you while you can
• Taking time to just be: to think, to daydream, to discover a new trail to walk on or a new café to visit
Yes, you have to take care of your responsibilities as you have them (you’ll definitely regret ignoring those!) But you don’t need to be owned by them. Enjoy the life you have. As far as you know, you’re only here once.
Wendy has spent much of her life writing about things that improve readers’ health and well being. She has no patience for negativity, shaming or dictating how others “should” be, but rather aims to help people become both true to themselves and happy to be alive.