Why do you work? Do you work because you need to, or because you want to?
Stop fooling yourself! You work because you have to. How did that happen?
The rules of our society tell us to go to school when we’re children. We become adults and can choose to delay entering the workforce by continuing our education, but eventually we go to work. We’re groomed in a culture of consumerism from an early age, but it’s when you become an adult that you are truly indoctrinated into slavery. We start becoming dependent on the vicious cycle of making money and spending money.
Often times, we spend more than we have. Whatever we don’t have, we borrow. We start spending an increasing percentage of our income and soon realize that we’re living paycheck to paycheck. Some of us don’t even make enough to make ends meet, so we’re drowning in debt. It’s OK though, because we’re “providing” for our family and we deserve a good life because we work hard. We’re comfortable and have something to show for it. Hell, we’re better off than our parents were.
Sure, we’ll take some vacations here and there. We’ll make sure to balance our lives and enjoy some time with our loved ones. And someday, we’ll be able to retire and enjoy our golden years.
Are You Planning On Working Your Entire Life?
Why do we work all of our lives only to retire to “enjoy” our lives when we’re old and crusty? Most of us will lose some mobility, be dealing with health issues, and be living on a limited, fixed income. That’s when you want to enjoy life? Wouldn’t you rather spend time with your family doing the things that you love, living life on your own terms, while you’re young and healthy?
Why should we blindly follow the same game plan that everyone else has? I do not want to work until I am 65 or older, only to retire and have a few healthy years left to travel the world and do what I want to do. From my experience, we’ll be spending a lot of time visiting doctors and hospitals when we’re older. That’s not so pleasant to think about, but it’s reality.
Right now, I work because I have to. However, I’m taking steps to change that by paying off all of my debt and modifying my lifestyle. What about you? What do you think about the prospects of retiring at 65+?