Evil glares, loud conversation, irritable looks, and a plethora of canned goods. This is most definitely NOT what I want my future life to be like, but this IS what I witnessed yesterday.
I raided my cupboards and my fridge yesterday, only to discover that it was time to spend some more money on food. Off to Aldi I went, the land of $2.69 milk, $1.29 eggs, and $0.89 bread. It truly is a marvelous place. However, it seems that not everyone thinks so. The moment I walked through the doors my ears started ringing with old lady bitterness. “What are you looking at that for?! We don’t need it!” shouted the 70+ year old woman at her old, but seemingly capable husband.
They dressed poorly and were noticeably price conscious of every single item that they put into their bags. Their general demeanor wreaked of negativity and frustration. Their lives were obviously not as they had envisioned. Perhaps they thought that they would retire on the sandy beaches of Ft. Lauderdale and would be playing badminton with their neighbors. Instead, they were correcting the cashier on the final bill, making sure that they received every cent back that they possibly could.
I Want the Sandy Beaches
Now I truly have no idea what these people had experienced in their lives. Maybe they had a major medical setback that killed their beefy 401k, or perhaps their meager salaries didn’t allow them to save up for the future. It is all too likely though, that they lived from moment to moment, never thinking about the future, and now are left watching every penny that leaves their account, trying desperately to survive in this cruel world of life.
This is exactly the type of lifestyle that I am working hard to avoid.
By being frugal today, paying off debt today, and investing heavily today, my future should be bright. I won’t have to search for cheap canned food at a discount grocery store. I won’t have bitter disputes about nothing just because I’m unhappy about being broke. And, I most certainly won’t be tied to a single location because of my poverty.
In the future, I intend to let my money work for me so that I can travel and live without worries. Those sandy beaches will be calling my name, and instead of ignoring their luring song, I will be whistling along while running on the shoreline.
Do you ever think about your future? What will your future life be like?
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.