From my naïve, 21 year old perspective here is something I have noticed. Young kids, youth, and many young adults have nothing to lose. They live like death doesn’t exist. They live like someone exists who is on their side. They take chances. They live the life that they want. Then there are those that are older, maybe sixty to eighty and many of them, if finances allow it are equally living the life. They move to Florida. Go on cruises. Buy each other diamonds. Go on vacations everywhere. Spoil their grandchildren.
There are two things that stick out to me in this observation.
1. How come when we are young, money has usually nothing to do with their lives. Sure t hey need it and they use it but their happiness far comes from it. They enjoy life because of its highs of being with friends, parties with friends, bungee-jumping, cliff jumping and doing whatever is fun. Why does it seem that so many older people depend on that which costs them a fortune to live their life? Money finds itself as used more, depended on more and valued more as people get older. Why?
2. Another thing I notice is that most people that find themselves in both age groups live an entirely completely different lifestyle. Young people live like they have nothing to lose. Older people live thinking they have nothing to lose anymore and spend so much of what they have before they pass on. Middle-aged people live trying to accumulate as much money as possible so that they can get to that old age and be stable or secure. It’s a vicious cycle if you ask me.
I don’t say any of that because I think I know it all. I’m obviously making broad strokes and harsh generalizations that many won’t fit into. With my experience though, this is what I find. I realize that money starts to be used a lot more to achieve things further and further up my list as I get older, and that scares me. I don’t want to live my life trying to gain security in money, or lifelong stability through a few dollars (not that old people now do). It becomes easy to depend on something that you have constant access to. I say this now, hopefully in ten years I will look back on a post like this and remember how I used to think and it will reprimand me for caring so much about something that the world created a value for and start focusing my attention on that which really has value.