Sunday, April 8, 2012

All the world's a stage

"At the end of the day I realize once we make certain decisions there is no going back and the luxury of being "bored" or "lazy" will be gone. I am happy with what we (don't) have. But it is still a lot of fun to play the part."

This was a text I received from one of my good college friends that is possibly the most insightful and well written texts I've ever received. Just reading it again it is impressive to think of the about of content squeezed into only a few words. It completely describes a situation, feeling and emotion into the big life decisions that seem to happen year after year in your mid to late 20s. One year you are getting engaged, the next year it is marriage, which is then followed by a big location change and also buying a house. And of course there is the ultimate life change of having children. After each change there is no going back and in most cases the amount of free time you have decreases.

The best one can do is to be happy with what you have and probably more importantly be content with what you don't have. The above quote could have been about anything, but it stemmed from a conversation about renting vs buying. She was congratulating me on taking the next step towards buying a home, and I was assuring her that there were advantages to renting. Her quote stemmed from that discussion and put it so perfectly that I should probably just stop writing now.

1 comment:

Buck said...

The "ultimate life change" is death. Graduating, getting married, buying a house and having kids are just reminders that it's coming. Tick tock, tick tock.