I felt a shocking pain through my body last week. I was standing in the kitchen while suddenly my lower right abdominal area felt like someone was hitting me hard.
This lasted 5 minutes which felt like a century. During that time I turned white, started feeling dizzy and was scared as hell.
I lied down in an attempt to let it go. Slowly my body recovered and I was back to normal 20 minutes later.
In moments like this
- I really don’t want to die.
- Will my wife be OK?
- Does she know how to access our money/investments etc?
Memento Mori (“remember death”) the Latins say.
It is the medieval Latin Christian theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.
This may sound very pessimistic and I consider myself an optimist. But above all, we have to be realistic. Try to find happiness now not later. Do not wait for the “financial independence day” to start living.
You may go that far and then feel disappointed because it wasn’t what you expected. On a more pessimistic view, you may not even go that far.
I recently stumbled upon
As you can imagine, the comments (including mine) were full of this: “Lower your savings ratio, start living now, life is not a competition etc.” Which makes an absolute sense. Don’t throw your 20s to start living in your 40s.
Obviously, avoid bad financial mistakes early on and start living now. You may not ever experience the Memento Mori moment I personally felt and I hope you don’t but if you do, it’ll make you appreciate what you have today.
I was telling a friend how I started practising gratitude some days. I just reflect upon what we have: no war, no starvation a safe job, civilised society. This instantly gives me a happiness boost which fades away a few hours later.
And that’s what happiness is anyway I believe. You’re not happy 100% of the time. It’s just lots of small moments that combined make your mood good or bad.
Since after a certain level, money cannot make you happier anymore, it’s worth exploring other ways.
The above post is not to say that we have to look short-term or go 100% long bonds. Western medicine has gone so far that the majority of us will live past 90.
But it’s a reminder to take action. Are you giving your body the best chance to live long AND live well? Some actionable steps I’ve taken:
- started eating healthier and greener
- exercise often – cycle to work every day
- reduced meat intake between Monday-Friday.
The above post is also not to say I have low expectations for myself. Hell, I’m very ambitious and quite an optimist about the future. But Memento Mori.
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Be humble. Practice gratitude. Be happy.