Somebody should tell us,
right at the start of our lives,
that we are dying.
Then we might live life to the limit,
every minute of every day. Do it! I say.
Whatever you want to do, do it now!
There are only so many tomorrows.
~ Pope Paul VI ~
Part 2, here.
For me, the answers are health, wealth, and faith.
Health – similar to a product, our health is new at birth and deteriorates throughout our “shelve” life. Sure, maintenance and quality inputs will help sustaining our health. But there is an end point, sooner or later. I prefer later.
Particularly, health beyond “half life” requires more and better maintenance which is closely related to our life’s demand. How much to invest in our health depends on what’s enough to maintain our quality of life. It’s a trade-off.
Wealth – not more the better, but the financial consideration on what is enough to sustain one’s health and quality of life. How much to invest? A common fear is that one outlives their retirement funds. Not a pleasant scenario.
Therefore, where to live, how to live, are types of question that can influence the delicate balance between health, wealth, and quality of life. Lots of choices and each person has to weigh the options offset by his or her risk tolerance. Will there ever be enough?
Faith – last but not least. What gives life meaning? It could be religion or something else. But generally something bigger than the self, so to serve as a guide in our daily life. Something we can align our value with.
And the best part? One does not have to wait to discover one’s faith. It can be self determined, intentional, and independent of what other says. For instance, my faith is service to others which include my family, community, etc.
What’s important to you?