I'm a bit of a planner, that's not a bad thing but I possibly skimp on things with the intention of saving money for long term security.
Today I finished work around 4 and got the lawn mower out, I only did it maybe a week ago but it's growing fast and I like a nice neat lawn ( although I did let it grown during may to help pollinators and wild flowers.) After I had done I noticed Bob my next door neighbour hadn't done his in a long time, he's quite ill and very fragile, his house is up for sale and he plans to move nearer to his son and go into a care home. So, I called him and asked if he wanted me to come round and go over the lawn, he was grateful and said he'd open the garage so I could use the electrical supply.
I went over his lawn twice and then went around giving it a edge with a strimmer. It looked loads better. His green waste bin was 3/4 full of grass !
But, while I was doing it I couldn't help thinking how frail he looked, he's lost a lot of weight and although the whole time we have lived next door he has never been the picture of health it was quite shocking how bad he looked today. I noticed in his garage his old classic car and all his old tools, what's he going to do with them ? As long as I've known him he would be out restoring that old car but it's kinda too late, he's never going to drive it now. He's certainly not poor, I guess he the generation that bought their first houses for next to nothing, had a job for life and a decent pension but what good is all that when you struggle to get from your armchair to the front door ?
I couldn't help think, would he have been better just paying someone to help restore that car and get the job done quicker so he could have enjoyed driving it ? Or just paid more and bought a fully restored one ?
What's the use of money in the bank if your health so bad you can barely walk ? Would he have been better to have say 3 years ago when his health was better but obviously going down hill, would he have been better to say "fuck it, I'm off to Vegas" bought a ticket saw some shows played some cards had a couple attractive young ladies hanging off his arm and bought some memories, or just played golf and relaxed rather than sit on his own watching TV watching the time slip away.
It's made me think, I should adjust my ratio of planning for a comfortable retirement and living for today. It's funny because when I was younger I really lived for the day but with a long term plan that allowed me to do that untill I was 25 at which point I had to sort my shit out. And I did at 25 my crazy days ended and I started playing the longer game. I'm in a good position now and today has got me thinking maybe I need to focus less on long term a little and start being more extravagant today !
This summer I'm definitely going to try and shift my balance a little and see how it goes, I'm not talking going crazy lol!! Just not worry about the cash so much, buy the most expensive thing on the menu now and again rather than something around the middle.
We will see how it goes.