Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s death at 64 made it all the more clear to me that you shouldn’t wait until retirement to enjoy your life.
He died of a massive heart attack and had JUST stepped down a month ago saying he wanted to return to working in the private sector.
I know we talk a lot about saving money, not spending it and funding your retirement but sometimes you can’t predict what is going to happen to you.
We can all expect to live to an average age, but who can say for certain?
By all means, save your money for retirement and emergencies, but don’t forget to enjoy it either.
If you can afford it, take that trip.
If you have the money to spare and it isn’t an expensive habit, buy yourself that latte and enjoy it.
This is why my blog is entitled: Save. Spend. Splurge.
… it isn’t just some cheeky way for me to justify spending gobs of money, it’s also to remind people and myself that life is not about hoarding money and working until you die.
Don’t wait until retirement to see the people you love and do the things you have been waiting to do. There’s no point in hoarding all that money and having a killer net worth if your life has been miserable and crappy for the past 40 years to get there.
No one on their deathbed has ever uttered these words:
I wish I had spent more time working.
RIP, Mr. Flaherty.