As modern humans, we sometimes get so caught up in our day-to-day stuff that we fail to take a minute to appreciate/evaluate/marvel at the things that are actually happening in our lives. It’s like, we move from task to task with ease, but at the end of the day we miss the cumulative effect that all these actions, decisions, and accomplishments are having on the fabric of our lives.
This weekend I had a little bit of time to think about what’s happening – actually happening – in my life right now and I got a case of the “I can’t believe it!”s. Like, I can’t believe that some of the events of the past couple of years have unfolded as they have to put me in the position that I am right now. For example:
- I can’t believe that people pay me to write things. I write things and people pay me for those things that I write. Unbelievable.
- I can’t believe I have a mortgage. I pay a bank for my home every month and not a landlord, and eventually I’ll be done paying the bank and I’ll have a house. Well, condo. I’ll have a dwelling. Crazy!
- I can’t believe I’m almost done paying off debt. Five years ago I was in tears on an almost weekly basis about how much debt I was in, and now my debts are almost totally paid off. I still can’t get over it when I sit down to pay my bills every month!
- I can’t believe I still have so little saved. True, I did deplete my savings a bit this summer in the condo-buying process, but when it comes to building assets I need to step it the fuck up.
- I can’t believe I’m still doing this financial thing all on my own. Again, five years ago I would have thought that I’d be married by now, and some of the stress and pressure of worrying about money would be on someone else’s shoulders, too. I guess there’s no way to know how life will unfold.
Is there anything you just can’t believe about your financial life?