This time last year I was on maternity leave with my newborn. I am so happy I took the full twelve weeks off to be at home with my baby, but I’d be lying if I said the time was pure joyful bliss. Adjusting to a tiny human who needs constant care and attention was not easy for me. I would ask my friend Google: “When do babies get easier?” Sometimes I found myself wishing the time to move a little faster, to jump ahead to a time where this parenting thing got easier.
Then I went back to work. Time began moving rapidly. My daughter started rolling over. I thought, “This is fun! I like this stage.” Then she began sitting up. That was fun, too. She started eating solid foods and sitting in her high chair with us at mealtime. The first time she crawled was so exciting. Now she is a toddler and working on walking and talking and so many other awesome things.
That “hurry it up” mentality from the newborn days? It diminishes more and more with each passing month. Each developmental stage is passing so quickly and my husband and I are trying to truly experience and enjoy each moment while we are in it.
“Life is a journey, not a destination.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
What does this have to do with Financial Independence?
It’s easy to have a “hurry it up” mentality about financial independence, too. For many (including us), it’s a goal that is several years away – if not a decade or more. Sometimes it’s a struggle for me not to wish away today, anticipating some “magical” future time when we will reach our financial freedom goal.
But each of us only gets one life to live, and we don’t know how long it will last, or what detours our path will take. The thing I’m working on is how to enjoy TODAY, while still making conscious financial decisions that benefit our tomorrow, too.