My wife always says to me that my standards are too high. She says that I am never satisfied and that is why I am so hard on myself. Perhaps it is because society and peer pressure places so much value on pushing forward and trying to get ahead all the time; being happy for what we have can often be construed as laziness. The thinking is that once we are satisfied and content, we won’t work hard to get ahead. Instead, we will become complacent.
There is always more money to be made, a bigger and better house to buy, a flashier car to drive, more muscles to build or weight to lose.
Recently, I have taken stock of my life and looking for the positives and for being grateful for every little thing. I have realized that there is much for which we can be thankful. I have been smelling the roses.
Retirement: I have a long way to go before I can retire. However, there are many people who are having difficulty making ends meet, let alone have funds for retirement.