I don't know about you, but the recent Reader Profile by FMF reader JL hit a nerve for me. You can read the whole post if you like, but the part that made an impact on me was that she and her husband saved their whole lives for retirement and just as they were ready to enjoy it, he died. It was a sobering reminder that life often does not go how we plan it.
It was also a reminder for me to enjoy life while living it. It's something that I struggle with as a fairly good saver and someone who is focused on a "good" retirement. It's easy for me to save and save and save and be so focused on 20 years from now that I forget to enjoy the 20 years of living!
Though not exactly right for this situation, Luke 9:25 regularly pops up to me and reinforces the notion that life is not all about accumulating as much as we can. It says:
And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed?
A paraphrase of this might be, "What good is it to gain great wealth and not enjoy life in the meantime."
As such, I have resolved to stop and smell the roses a bit. We are taking more family vacations, I have revised my thinking on when to be frugal and when not to be, and, most importantly, I have become better at simply enjoying life as it comes.
It's still a struggle much of the time, but when all is said and done, I don't want to have a few million in the bank and yet have wasted 50 years getting it. Yes, I want a good, fully-funded retirement, but I also want to take time and smell the roses along the way.