There are many things that scare each and every one of us. Personally, I don’t enjoy snakes. I’ve never touched one and I’ve certainly never allowed one to slither around my arm, even in a controlled atmosphere.
My wife could really do without spiders. The very sight of them sends her running to me in a panic. These are fairly specific fears, but what is it that terrifies most men and sparks illogicial action?
Turning 40 often ignites a terror within a man’s soul (thankfully I’m not quite there yet, but as a warning to my wife and family, I may not take it too well, so be gentle). It’s at this point where budgeting and saving money suddenly doesn’t seem to matter. If you’ve always wanted a Corvette, this is the time when you will spontaneously make that purchase. It’s crazy, but it happens to nearly everyone.
“What have I done with my life?” Is a common question that a middle-aged man asks himself. Perhaps he feels that his life didn’t matter, or that he was never able to take action on the big plans he had for his life.
Money might not be all that important to you anymore (unless acquiring money was one of your goals that never seemed to happen) and you’ll begin sparking friendships. Relationships hold more meaning than wealth. After all, what good is a million dollars with no friends to share it with?
This is the big one. When a man ages, he begins wondering if anyone will even remember his name after he is gone. What was the point of this life? What purpose did I serve? Will anyone even speak my name 20 years from now?
Somehow, I’ve been struggling with this since I was very young. I remember crawling into our storage with my pencil and drew a picture on the cement floor. I drew myself (as a handsome stick figure of course) and I was saying, “Remember me!!”.
To this day, I really don’t know why I was inspired to draw myself on that cement floor. I would guess that it’s in all of us. We all have a desire to be great at some point in our lives; we want to make a real difference in this world. Being remembered on this earth would be nice too.
Take note that each of these middle-age thoughts have absolutely nothing to do with money. They have to do with experiences, relationships, and scenarios we wish we had another shot at. Make sure that you are not postponing your dreams and aspirations because you can’t afford it. Find a way! There’s always a way.
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.