Doing it for “Something”

I had a really good time during my University years. I ate a lot of food, drank a lot of beer and other beverages and did a lot of sitting around, perfecting useless moves on Tony Hawk video games for the PlayStation. As a result of this kind of lifestyle, I was able to wear fairly large pants by the time I graduated. Around the time I was finishing school, I played in a 3 on 3 hockey tournament, taking part in 3 or 4 games over the day. By that evening, I was so worn out I was physically ill – it felt like I had been in a car crash – not just skated around in circles in a tournament that didn’t even require shoulder pads (non-contact).

I decided after my hockey experience that as much fun as it was to eat 4 full meals in a day (who doesn’t like second breakfast?) along with a late night snack of Chinese Food or 800 calorie pita wraps after drinking “all” of the beer, there was a downside – mostly the not being able to breathe after walking up a flight of stairs.

I read a lot of diet and fitness books, started moving around and lifting heavy things. It turned out that once I changed everything I was previously doing, I was able to get into much better shape. I could now move around for an extended period of time without feeling like I wanted to die (I still got very sweaty though, apparently there’s no stopping that).

Around the same time period, I was changing my finances around as well. I moved from a time when I was spending student loans on very non-school related items, to paying them off and saving enough to pay cash for a fairly nice car. Looking back, I would have preferred to have bought a car for about half the price and have had that money invested for a decade, but I’m glad I didn’t continue on with my “spendy” ways.

I keep my finances in order, to the point that I will hopefully be able to achieve financial independence by age 45 for the same reason why I stay in shape – in case I want to do something. That “something” may be an 8 km walk after staying out past the last bus and still having to get home at 1:30 in the morning. Or that “something” could be a lesser-paying career that is interesting or fulfilling at some point in the future.

Maybe that moment will never come, but I prefer to be prepared, rather than having that feeling I did about 10 years ago of wanting to do something and it making me sick.

Do you have a “Something” that keeps you motivated?

One thought on “Doing it for “Something””

  1. “I will hopefully be able to achieve financial independence … in case I want to do something … Maybe that moment will never come, but I prefer to be prepared”

    Yes, my thoughts exactly. A lot of financial independence bloggers have things they know they want to do, but that’s definitely not me and one of my friends that has recently started transforming her life as well. I personally liken this to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave — after one member has seen things from a completely new perspective, the rest of the group tends towards disbelief and/or ostracization.

    Then again, it’s all about personal values. Why do you feel the freedom itself is valuable even though there is no plan? Do you intend to die with a net worth of zero since you “can’t take it with you”? I bet not. Has this analogy helped show your view of things when (if) you told it to people? How have they reacted?

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