Life Savings

Courtesy JanWohlMuther.de

When is the proverbial “rainy day?”

The idea of putting something aside for the future is woven into the fabric of financial wisdom passed down from generation to generation. It has been — and will be — repeated by older mouths to rolling eyes over and over again. Youthful exuberance always knows best.

How often do we postpone big dreams until tomorrow?

Yesterday, I met the woman at the helm of Ravenswood Ranch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to exposing children from various backgrounds to the skills and techniques involved in owning horses — everything from basic animal care to Olympic-style equestrian riding. We talked for a few minutes about her mission and the shift she made from corporate loss prevention specialist to operating a working hacienda in urban East Palo Alto, Calfornia.

As our conversation wound down, the underlying message became clear:

Do what’s important before it’s too late.

We often think of passion projects as the stuff of people far more determined or less occupied. Our culture — for all the value it places on endeavor — is inclined to believe the few who leave the “security” of a “normal job” behind have some profound characteristic everyone else lacks.

They don’t.

Deep desire has simply found a channel to the outside world. Like west Texas oil men, those individuals have drilled through their psychological crust to pump their souls up to the surface.

What really matters takes precedent.

The truth becomes evident.

If we’re too careful, we die without ever having grasped overwhelming joy.

We have wasted our life savings.

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