Ever take a step back and look at where you are and where you’ve been? Ever stop and think, ‘how did I get here?’ This year has been one of loss for us; friends, aunts, cousins and even one of our beloved pets has passed on, gone from our earthly lives. Often times when we lose someone, we become reflective on life, vow to learn from it and to live life differently; unfortunately those thoughts are often fleeting, lost in the grind of our daily lives. Taking a hard look at where we are in our journey, and being more aware of my own mortality, I’ve been wondering ‘what if I was gone tomorrow?’ What would my eulogy be? Would my lovely wife be financially secure? How would others remember me and what lasting impression would I have left on others?
Worked hard/worked too much would probably be often mentioned. I have missed countless holidays, birthday parties, and special occasions because I was working – always working, rarely taking time off to enjoy life or spend time with family and friends.
Responsible would probably come up as I always planned and saved, and of course never missed work – probably too responsible, but as a result my wife would be left with a paid for home and substantial retirement funds.
These are all and good, but what impression would I have really left on others, what would I have really accomplished? Hard realities often force us to trade most of our years trading time for money – only to find we missed out on so much. I watched my parents work diligently their whole lives for financial security, to build a nest egg for retirement, only to find themselves too old to enjoy their retirement once they finally got there. I vowed this would not happen to me, but when I look at where we are, I realize that I may actually be on that same trajectory.
Prepping is all about preparing for survival in the face of the unknown, to try to be ready for absolutely anything, but ultimately we all leave this earth. Many of us dream of spending our final years living a simple life in the woods or mountains, but will we actually make that a reality? Are we really willing to give up that paycheck and all that goes with it for a simple life in the country? Will we face those fears and take that leap of faith, or will it all just remain a pipedream? We are currently facing that very decision. Keep working crazy hours, keep running on that hamster wheel, or take the chance at a different life. What say you? Where are you in your journey? What would others say about you? What if tomorrow, you were gone?
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.