FIRE.118 Am I Rich, Really? (time)

Last time I left a brain dump on the interweb I wrote about the majestic feeling of being Rich, in Time.

I want to revisit that thought and post. 

I was quite naive, to say the least.

I based the thought/post on the sleeping vs work timeline.  The ability to shift daily time around to meet my needs—needs at the moment.  However, much more thought should be taken with regard to the overall time of our lifespan.  Maybe 80% time now and 20% lifelong time.

After posting my wonderful thought(s) I listened to The Retirement and IRA Show about Jim Salunier’s health scare.  Or more clearly his dire life-changing health emergency.  This was the most powerful podcast episode I have ever listened to. 

I’ve considered and written about the future life-changing visit to the doctor awaiting all of us.  It’s scary not knowing the outcome of our health.  Actually, many of life’s upcoming events are scary.

This podcast episode really brought crisis much closer to my home life.  I took away the actual blindsiding of an instantaneous DRASTIC retirement/life change.  AND the sheer battle for life for a person who was alone and had to fight to survive, even while at their own home. 

There was an extremely high probability that Jim could have died. I’d say even a 95% chance of not getting help.

Plan ahead.  Keep a cell phone on you.  Maybe even an (or multiple) panic buttons?  A smartwatch that can make emergency calls…

My point is that it might not be a doctor’s “visit” that slams us.  The medical issue itself could easily be a crisis that happens when we are alone.  The crisis could blindside us when we are healthy and active.  Quite possibly attacking us while we are active.

I was also significantly moved by Mr. Firestation’s post of having a heart attack after playing one of his frequent tennis matches.

I clearly see that our “time” to enjoy life to its fullest (or at a high level) will end at some unknown point.  It is so important to find enjoyment in every day. 

I realized that being “rich” in time can (will?) disappear, just as being rich in money could disappear.  Please do all you can to take care of all your “riches,” so you live a great life, and help those around you live better as well.

I’d like for EVERYONE to find at least one way to make their environment one step safer in the next week.

*** Nothing in this article is to be construed as financial advice.  I am not a financial planner, nor do I pretend to be.  You should always consult your own professional when seeking advice. This post is not a piece of literary mastery, just a random thought I had.

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