bltn wrote: ↑Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:00 amOn my thirtieth birthday, I thought to myself, “that was the best decade of my life? Will I continue to have that much energy?”Starfish wrote: ↑Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:30 pm
It depends what you sacrificed for that.
Because most of us have this issue: have to exchange time for money.
For example is it really worth saving (small amounts of) money when you are 25 instead of maximizing the use of wonder years?
I had spent the first half of that decade learning and training for my life s work, and the last half working eighty to one hundred hours a week. My free time was mostly eating and sleeping. Shortly after this period I became vocationally secure and ten or twelve years later I became financially secure. With sixty hour work weeks after that thirtieth birthday, I still managed to sqeeze in travel and quality time with my family.
I might have enjoyed more free time, but I certainly enjoyed the free time I had. And the long hours spent working certainly contributed to my feelings of accomplishment with my life s work. That is a source of happiness now.
I don t fault people in their 20 s for thinking that more free time is a good trade off for a certain level of financial success. I just was not gifted enough to make that path work for me.
That is the American way. Focusing (wasting?) the enthusiasm and energy of youth on a job.
I fortunately did not come from this culture I moved here at 25. I know exactly what a lot of people here are missing.
However the flip side is that living in my country I could never have a NW of almost 2 million at 40. Which also translates in time, potential FIRE so on.
I have picked my poison but is good to do it in full knowledge of the facts.