I freaking love the featured pic for this post. The young women look fresh and motivated and the older woman has a look of, “Ok, I’m done with working for a living.” I can almost hear, “You can take this job and shove it” playing in her head. I’ve been there, done that. And though I have quit my job and changed my life at 50, I still feel like I am in a holding pattern.
You see, while I am not working any more, my husband still has 5 years till he retires. We also are still supporting children in University as well as taking care of senior parents. We couldn’t take off and start our new life right now even if we wanted to. Both responsibilities as well as monetary reasons hold us back.
I don’t think I am alone. I bet a lot of you out there are still trudging off to work everyday or have other personal reasons that keep your happy retirement years just out of reach. It can be so depressing. Especially when you are reading or hearing about others out there living the good life while you feel you are just existing.
Are you sick of hearing about other people retiring, travelling the world and pursuing new interests? Ya, I hear ya. Then this post is for you. And not so that we can be miserable together but to remind you that life is short and if you wish away and waste the next few years while waiting for retirement, you will regret it later. A good friend of mine whose husband passed away just before he retired regrets this. All the plans they had were for after he retired and sadly, now they will never happen.
I hope these quotes will help you be ok with what ever your current situation is and help you realize that you must embrace and live for today. Tomorrow will sort itself out.
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. Francis of Assisi
We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. Milton Berle
I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ Muhammad Ali
I believe in living today. Not in yesterday, nor in tomorrow. Loretta Young
You must do the things you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. Jim Rohn
Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart. Marcus Aurelius
Go live life now.