On a trip to Hawaii a few years ago, I discovered “Kimo’s Rules” – a set of rules written by a mythological wise elder from Hawaii’s past. One of my favorite rules from Kimo is: “Life is too short to dance with an ugly partner.”
This is a great metaphor for a great way to live your life. Basically, Kimo is saying that if you have something going on in your life that isn’t bringing you joy, maybe you should look at it. For example, if you are working at a job you don’t like so that at some point in the future you can enjoy life, you may have the wrong plan.
I meet a lot of people who have just “accepted the fact” that they have to do something they really don’t enjoy for a long time so that they will have earned the right to stop doing it. They think that if they beat their head against a wall for 30 or 40 years so that they can save enough money to retire comfortably (and be happy) when they turn 65.
I am one person who doesn’t believe that this is a good plan. Life is for living now. Find your dream. Find your passion. Find you unique ability and use it to make a life you enjoy. A good financial planner will know how to support you in this effort.