The fact that the weather app on my phone said the outside temperature was in the mid thirties was reinforced by the water dripping from the roof of my house. The sun was shining, the snow was melting, and I was stretching out for my first long run outside in months. Nine miles to be exact.
The first few miles are always the hardest. Even though I thoroughly stretch out before I start, it always seems to take a few miles before everything gets loosened up. During my run on Saturday it took about 4 miles, at which point something magical happened.
My body was perfectly in tune, every motion in perfect synchronization with each other. My breathing was aligned with my stride; breathing in for two steps, breathing out for two more. I instinctively fist pumped and let out an emphatic, “Hell, yes. Let’s GO!”
I call it my “forever pace” because I feel like I could keep going just like that forever.
I did exactly that. For the next five miles, every muscle in my body worked in perfect unison, propelling me forward along West River Parkway, past the Eagle’s nest, and back home again. When I got to the end of my block, I slowed and walked up the small hill to my home at the tip of a cul-de-sac. A smile as big and bright as the morning sun was fixated on my face.
I felt GREAT.
That’s really the same thing I’m trying to find financially as well. I’m searching for a system of budgeting, saving, spending and a level of frugality that I can sustain for the rest of my life. I want to find a methodology that just becomes ingrained into my lifestyle, that I don’t even have to think about. My financial goals are intertwined with the rest of my life, in harmony, in perfect tune with each other.
I do not want to live meagerly now, subsisting on bread and water so that I can enjoy untold riches when I retire. I want to balance between experiencing wonderful things now, and being able to continue that existence in my golden years when I leave the world of employment behind. I want my passing into retirement to be peaceful, almost unnoticeable to the outside eye. Not only would I still have things to keep me stimulated and busy, but that there is also no difference in my lifestyle. I would seem to be continuing to enjoy and give my attention to the same things that I have enjoyed for decades.
I want to be consistently and continuously stashing away money for not only later in life, but also later this year. May the steady climbing of my investments match the steady accumulation of my experiences and overall enjoyment of life.
I wish to be content with the money I have budgeted for the next two weeks. I want to be able to spend it wisely without a second thought about what the people next door have. I want to be solely focused on what makes me happiest within the confines I have set for myself. I want to love what I have and have what I love.
Yes, there will be hills and valleys along the way that will require me to change my speed. There will be obstacles that will present themselves directly in my path that will need me to alter my direction. But those speed and course changes will only be temporary. Once they are behind me I will collect my thoughts, refocus and find it again. I will find my financial forever pace and continue onward.
Hell, yes. Let’s GO.