What if you could buy time? What if there was a store, like a Macy’s that sold time in blocks, like 1-year increments? Would you purchase it? Time is the most interesting commodity of all, in that you can buy it but you can’t purchase it. You can’t purchase it, because nobody has the power to sell it to you. This is an interesting dilemma that is probably on most people’s mind at some point of their life.
What if you could purchase 10 years of time for $400,000? Would you buy it? Would you save all you have and go down to the store and exchange your money for time? I bet most people would! After all, YOLO (you only live once). Once you’re dead there is nothing you can do, there are no more sunrises or sunsets. No more first dates. No more late-night phone calls with a lover or friend. You only get one ride with this thing called life and we should all try to maximize it to the best of our abilities.
Even though I bet most people would gladly pay $400,000 for 10 years of extra time, people usually seem to do the exact opposite. Instead of saving up their money for more Free Time, they usually exchange their time for money and more “stuff”. They work overtime, get second jobs and continually update their resumes in hopes for increased earnings. For what? To impress the next person down the block with a bigger house, better car, or overpaid toys. I’m not judging these decisions as bad. If that’s what you want to do with your money that’s fine, because at times I have to check myself also. I would just like to know if you truly would purchase time if it were for sale. If your answer to that question is yes, then you are probably not serving yourself well by continuing to work to earn and earn to spend.
Time is hard to put a value on and I understand that. We can place value on material objects like a house or a car. Time, however, is given to us for an unknown period of time. We don’t know how long we have on this planet. I believe that most people naturally become idealistically optimistic when they think of how long they are going to live. After all, who wants to think they are going to pass away at 45 years old? That’s extremely depressing, but we all know someone who has died before the age of 50. It’s difficult to automatically assume one would live until they are 80+ years old. If I make it to 80 that’s fantastic! If I don’t, I won’t have any regrets and hopefully neither will you.
So, back to the question, it is possible to buy time, and I plan to buy as much of it as I can. I’ll be giving up a lot of money in exchange for it. Just have to watch the spending of material things unless my bank account is being paid a great amount and I can still save and invest how I want. 🙂 What will I gain instead if I were to cut the extra spending? Freedom. Freedom to pursue my dreams and desires. To do more with my family and eventually ease the burden of everyday/monthly bills. Sure the wife and I will continue to work, but I want it to come down to it being our choice. Also to pass down our wealth to our daughter Skyy or any other future children we decide to have. I know over the course of time I will sound like a broken record but if it helps at least one person, it will be well worth it.
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