“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
How do you find balance in your life? This is a tough question for all of us.
Life pushes and pulls us all in many directions. The financial independence journey is no different. Every paycheck, business windfall, or other time money comes into our possession we have a choice.
Consume it today or put it to work for tomorrow.
The majority of America makes their choice clear. They consume and often over consume. Sometimes by choice other times by necessity.
The financial independence movement is to combat this lifestyle. To challenge the status quo of consumption and test other boundaries of life. To see if there is another way to live.
So, for the minority that are extremists in a pursuit of financial independence where should the line be drawn for consuming today vs. in the future?
No One Is Promised Tomorrow
I have said before and strongly believe that being overly frugal is not the way to go. Sacrifice early and often to get your start but don’t get lost on the journey. Balance is crucial to staying motivated and sane while you pursue big goals.
No one is a machine. Make sure to reward yourself along the way. I live in Denver, CO which is a great place to be on my journey. Yet I am guilty of forgetting about all the beauty in my back yard.
As a Colorado native you adjust and start to take it for granted! Winter here is truly amazing, and I love to get to the mountains and snowboard. Work makes it harder, but it isn’t impossible. Over time everyone starts to rationalize why they aren’t doing something.
“Traffic will most likely be bad.”
“I don’t want to deal with the crowds.”
“I will do that when I reach financial independence.”
Yet these are all just excuses to not start living today! The key is striking the right balance for where you are in life. Scale your situation based on the financial challenges you face. If you are in massive debt, then unfortunately your options are limited. Take advantage of free activities and crush your debt.
Just make sure that when you emerge and start to build your finances you take time to enjoy a bit more in life. There is a happy medium between lifestyle creep and being a miser. The whole point of investing is to make your life better! Make sure to remember why you are doing what you are doing.
Then step back and look around once in a while…there is so much to see!
What Are Your Thoughts?
- How do you strike a balance while pursuing financial independence?
- Do you regret not doing something when you had the chance?
- What are you taking advantage of now while you still can?