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Physical and Fiscal

First off: It nuts me up that so many people get these mixed up.
Now, a bit on each:

A majority of the folks I work with are aged between 40 and 60 years. A higher than average number of them are physically messed-up. It's not like I'm violating anyone's HIPAA rights in knowing this. At a casual glance I see canes, orthopedic shoes, leg splints and smell the fragrance of Ben Gay. Most of my co-workers are retired military, now working on their second retirement. Their previous life must have been rough. The thing is, I'm former Infantry, and I'm no where near that incapacitated. As a matter of fact, I'm probably in better shape than most people my age.
In my humble opinion, the secret is to NEVER take that desk job. You'll make extra money, and probably not live long enough to spend it. If you don't stay active, you're on the fast track to a quick stop. If the sedentary life style isn't bad enough, the added pressure from pseudo stress from nonsensical paperwork will make both your head and heart explode. They call moving-up a "promotion". But I want to retire and actually be able to DO something. Keep pounding the Monster in the AM and the Jaeger Bombs at night. That'll help (sarcasm).

In a semi-related note, my wife makes money and relives stress selling stuff on Ebay. Mugs, hats, shirts, books... it's strange the things that will sell. She typically buys an item for 3-$5 and sells them for 15-$20. She had some work setting up her business, but she pays a fee to Ebay and the customer pays shipping. It's not that hard. Prospecting garage sales and thrift stores takes some practice, but discovering what sells and what doesn't is a skill learned quickly. I'm just saying that there are more fun and sane ways to make some extra money, than resorting to an second (or third) job.

I hear a lot of people complain that they're tired and sore. And they're broke.
Look at your lifestyle. And don't spend like a drunken sailor. I've seen it, and that's not pretty either.

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Yep, I guarantee you once I hit the gym I'm going to feel so much better fiscally and mentally. ;)

Still won't stop my nightly Jaeger Bombs on my liver which I've decided to name "London". But seriously, joining a gym and joining a pick-up soccer league are going to help so much.
 
"London". That's great. A Blitz every now and then ain't so bad.
Good to hear you stay active. So many people don't.
 
Do you mean that people ought to prioritise physical well-being over financial stability? Many people are not in a position to do so. It's hard to accurately judge someone by one's own standard. What's the alternative? Err ... spare them no thought? No, no, that's not what I meant. I meant live and let live and meanwhile, go the full Gandhi and be the change you want to see in the world.

Kudos on giving us the term "nuts me up" by the way :)
 
bdcharles;bt7816 said:
Do you mean that people ought to prioritise physical well-being over financial stability? Many people are not in a position to do so. It's hard to accurately judge someone by one's own standard. What's the alternative? Err ... spare them no thought? No, no, that's not what I meant. I meant live and let live and meanwhile, go the full Gandhi and be the change you want to see in the world.

Kudos on giving us the term "nuts me up" by the way :)

I don't know your personal life experience, but many of my friends and relatives make TWICE as much as I do. And their standard of living sucks. Especially my bro-in-law, who worked for a computer company right up until he OD'ed on painkillers.

I "spare them" a lot of thought, actually. You choose what position you take. I don't "judge". I'm no "Gandhi" either. I care, but your life is your own.

Don't know about "being change", but I practice what I preach. A good friend wants me to come work with him at a "Special Projects" job. A lot more money, but he knew I was going to refuse. My family, health and well-being come first. We get by. And that is enough.
 
Let's get fiscal, fiscal...


Wait, that's not how the song goes, right? o_O


Anyway, if you want to have a good and productive senilit - uh, I mean, retirement :lol: you have to lay foundations now. Go out, walk, run, exercise. Yoga does wonders for relaxation. That being said, I have to go back to my yoga classes...
 
bdcharles;bt7816 said:
Do you mean that people ought to prioritise physical well-being over financial stability? Many people are not in a position to do so. It's hard to accurately judge someone by one's own standard. What's the alternative? Err ... spare them no thought? No, no, that's not what I meant. I meant live and let live and meanwhile, go the full Gandhi and be the change you want to see in the world.

Kudos on giving us the term "nuts me up" by the way :)

Gandhi was no saint either. And I truly believe that if you want to change the world - you should start from yourself ;)
 
I think bdcharles was right to bring up the point that it's not always possible to choose the lifestyle you want...and survive with it.

But, as general advice, I definitely endorse your point of view. As much as you can, get up and move around.
 

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