Those awful, awful four-letter words. Which one is the worst? Well, for us anyway, it’s not the famous F-word. Nor is it the C-word or even the S-word. Right at the top of our four-letter word list is work. Note that this post has absolutely nothing to do with those who are working daily just to make ends meet. I am instead referring to those who have gone far beyond satisfying the basic needs of food, shelter, etc. Tragically, far too many people, having satisfied life’s basic requirements, never see the big picture and thus continue to go through their entire lives focused on nothing but work! Undeniably, being able to enjoy many of life’s pleasures, at least in our modern economy, requires at least some money, and this includes sailing a boat around the world. Which is no doubt why our favorite cruising couple, Seth and Jamie on Slapdash, have decided to take a 6-month break from their circumnavigation, to top-up their cruising kitty.
Yesterday I had a chat about money with one of my very good friends. He is doing extremely well financially but still quoted me some goals that, he feels, when reached, will make him “happy.” When I pointed out the obvious silliness in all that, he of course understood, and intellectually agrees with me. Will he change his day-to-day thinking though? I, for one, hope so.
Rebecca and I have chosen a path which, at least for the next few years, will have very little security, and we’re cool with that. We know it’s not for everyone but I am confident that the money thing will sort itself out. If all else fails, we’ll just follow Jamie and Seth’s lead and find jobs (note that jobs is also a four letter word)!