Recently I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with a close friend. What made this afternoon so special is I was asked for my advice. When asked about my thoughts on a certain matter I was both surprised and honored. I mean no one really ever asks for my opinion. The few times that it does happen I really feel honored. I guess one could say I feel like I am living the right way. My life has taken the path of true authenticity. Another thing that made this meeting with my friend so special is that my friend is 70 years old and asking me for advise. Shouldn’t it be the other way around I thought?
I have always lived a life where I have been blessed with having friends from all walks of life and all ages. I have always felt that every one on this planet is equal and the waitress is just an important as the doctor.
In fact as a young child I felt it weird to call some one Mister or Doctor when they didn’t all me Mister. Sure I was 7 years old but to me it didn’t matter than and it doesn’t matter now.
Getting back to my story about my friend. She had asked me what I would do in her situation? You see in her life she has had struggles financially. As hard as she has tried and as hard as she has worked, life has not been kind to her financially. It has gotten to the point where at 70 years old she still goes to work every day to supplement her meager pension. My friend felt trapped and like time was passing her by. She was right time was passing her by. I told her she was only trapped by her own sense of comfort. I asked her if she could do any thing today what would she do? She mentioned how her dream was to live in a small town in Mexico and live out her years going to the markets , learning the culture and be friending the Mexican people. She was tired of not making the same money as her counterparts because of her age. She felt trapped in her life and thought there is no way she could ever live out her dream. She asked what I would do?
Through our conversation I found out that she could rent out her house and have a positive cash flow. There was enough money between the rent from her home and her small pension. There was really no reason to work the rest of her days for the man.
When I left our dinner she was pumped and phoned the next day to thank me for giving her the push that she needed.
I don’t think I really told her any thing she didn’t already know. What i did do was give her the push to go out there and live her dreams.
Life is so short and one never knows when we are unable to fulfill those dreams due to health, family or a countless amount of other factors.
Get out there people. You only get so many trips around the sun.