I’d Rather Die While I’m Living Than Live While I’m Dead

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I don’t know about you, but I’d Rather Die While I’m Living Than Live While I’m Dead.

Perhaps Jimmy Buffett is to blame.

I'd Rather Die While I'm Living Than Live While I'm Dead. I blame Jimmy Buffet for my approach to Life. Click To Tweet

Jimmy Buffet’s the one who first embedding that thought into my brain.  The year was 1981 (my Senior Year in High School), when Jimmy Buffett released his song “Growing Older But Not Up” which includes the infamous “I’d Rather Die While I’m Living” line in the chorus.  Since I first heard that line, it’s become a mantra of sorts for how I’ve chosen to live my life.

If you’re not familiar with the song, I’d suggest you scroll ahead to the 1:40 mark in the video below to hear Mr. Buffett sing it for you (CAUTION:  It may penetrate your brain, and cause you to rethink your approach to life.)

What “Die While I’m Living” Means To Me

To me, the essence of that sentence is its symbolism regarding how we choose to live our lives.  It’s a decision each of us make every day, whether we’re aware of it or not.  Are we choosing materialism, or are we pursuing those things that really matter in life?  Focus on experiences, relationships, adventure.  Focus on living life.

We all decide, every day, how we're going to live our life. Are you Dying While You're Living, or Living While You're Dead? Click To Tweet

I’ve always been intentional in my decision to “Die While I’m Living”.  That sentence requires some explanation, however, to better demonstrate what I mean (and what I don’t).

Mountain Biking In The Cohutta Wilderness – Now THAT’s Living!

In a nutshell, to Die While You’re Living is nothing more than seeking to live your life fully during your time on this little marble we call Earth. To seek opportunities.  To experience new things.  To push our comfort zones.  To continually grow. To pursue the things that make you Alive.

Perhaps some examples will help shed some light, along with some links to articles I’ve written on related topics:

Bottom Line:  To “Die While I’m Living” means that you live your days intentionally, making time to do the “important things” that make you feel alive.  It Means Enjoying Life.  It means avoiding (or minimizing) the things that make you feel like you’re “Living While I’m Dead”, like lingering eternally at a job you despise.


What “Die While I’m Living” Does NOT Mean

Dying while you’re living could easily be misinterpreted.  Don’t jump to conclusions, and assume it means a reckless approach to a dangerous lifestyle.  Quite the opposite, actually.  “Die While I’m Living”  does NOT mean:

  • Careless Risk Taking
  • Lack Of Self Control
  • Retiring Before You’re Ready (see “One More Year”)
  • Living Without Health Insurance

To Die While We’re Living does not mean doing stupid things that endanger our lives.  It does mean, however, looking at the things that are detracting from your Joy in life, and challenging yourself to change things.  To improve your situation.  Find ways to improve your life, and focus on being content (my first post!) in those areas you can’t change.


“Living” In Retirement:  A Cross-Country train adventure

What It Means For Retirement

So, what does “Die While I’m Living” mean for your retirement?  After all, this is a retirement blog, right?  As I write these words, I’m excited about applying that attitude to our new life in retirement (four months in, by the way, and loving every minute of it).  For the first time in our lives, we have the Freedom to do those things which excite us, while being able to better avoid those things that don’t (good riddance, commute into the City!).

In my view, retirement is a golden opportunity to pursue a “Die While I’m Living” approach to Life.  Done responsibly, retiring allows you to pursue those things which fire you up.  Those things which bring you Passion.  Those things which mean “Living”, whatever that means for you.  The earlier you can get to retirement, the more years you can have of “Living”.  Don’t work longer than you must, unless work is “Living” for you.  For some, it is, and I’m ok with that.  For me, it’s not.

So, I retired.

It's Not The Years In Your Life That Count. It's The Life In Your Years. Abraham Lincoln Click To Tweet

Some examples of how you can apply the “Die While I’m Living” mindset to retirement:

  • Taking advantage of your Time Affluence to do things that bring Purpose to your life.
  • Find a way to fill previously “Live While You’re Dead”-time with things that bring you excitement.
  • Find a Passion in which you can invest your newfound Freedom (like doing Dog Rescue)
  • Make a Bucket List, and include things beyond travel (personal development, spirituality, etc.)
  • Be Intentional in Moving Yourself From Good To Great.
  • Make, and Keep, your own version of  10 Commandments Of Retirement.
  • Or, one of my favorites, go camping!
Dying While We’re Living In The Appalachian Mountains

As you prepare for your retirement, build a plan to accommodate the things that most bring you Life.  If you love to go camping, make a plan to buy a camper.  If you like to be on the water, figure out how to get a kayak for you and your spouse.  Like to travel?  Study up on travel hacking.  Prefer to focus on the spiritual side?  Use your newfound free time to get more involved with your church or a favorite charity.  Like the woods?  Get a mountain bike. You get the idea.  Don’t miss the opportunity to Live Life that retirement provides. Just Do It.


“…Retirement…means complete Freedom to be the best, most powerful, energetic, happiest and most generous version of You that you can possibly be.”     Mr. Money Mustache


As I do my “final edit” on these words, it’s interesting to think about how I’ve “Lived While I’m Dying” over the past few weeks.  Two weeks ago I had a wonderful cold water swim in a nearby mountain lake.  The next day I went mountain biking in Tennessee.  Last week, my wife and I went camping in a State Park in North Carolina.  Find ways to Live every day, especially given the freedom that your retirement provides.

Spend some time thinking about what Living means to you, and make plans now to ensure you’ll live your retirement years “Dying While You’re Living”.

After all, it’s the last chance you’ll have to Live before you die.


“Living While You’re Dead”

So, if we’ve determined what “Die While I’m Living” is, what does the opposite look like?

While it may be hard to put a specific description on “Living While You’re Dead”, I think we all know it when we see it.  Some ideas which come to mind as I write…

  • Putting up with that dreaded commute…
  • For a job you don’t like…
  • To earn money…
  • To buy things you don’t need…
  • To impress people you don’t like.

Overly simplistic, perhaps, but you get my point.  If you’re stuck in a situation which is making you dead, find a way to change it.  Start saving more, and buying less. If you hate your job, start talking to some headhunters.  Put your line in the water, you may be surprised what you catch.  Update your retirement calculators to see how far off you really are from retirement.  What can you do to compress that time?  Start Living.

If you're Living While You're Dead, don't settle. Find ways to change the things you dread, and create things in your life that make you Alive. Click To Tweet

My heart goes out folks who have no choice but to tolerate a job they hate.  However, even for those folks who look at retirement as something they can only dream of, I firmly believe there are changes everyone can make to get more “Die While They’re Living” and less “Living While They’re Dead” into their lives.  Be creative.  Don’t settle.


Why I Wrote This Post

I wrote this post in response to the following comment on my recent post Health Insurance In Retirement:  Unsolved.  A reader disagreed with my decision to leave my career and retire at Age 55, walking away from a good corporate health insurance plan in the process:



I disagree with the reader, but I appreciate his point of view.  However, after weighing the pros and cons, it was an easy decision for me.  I’m confident I’ll be able to buy health insurance after my COBRA runs out, and I’ve built a conservative $ estimate into my retirement plan to pay for it.

Life isn’t about health insurance.

Life is about Dying While You’re Living, not Living While You’re Dead.


Conclusion

I’d rather die while I’m living than live while I’m dead.  Jimmy Buffett may have written those words, but I’ve found it a good philosophy to apply in my life.   Live your life doing the things which make you feel Alive, and don’t settle for things that make you dead.  Be the “best version of You” that you can possibly be.

We all choose, every day, how we’re going to live our lives.

How are you going to live yours?


Your Turn:  So, am I being naive, or is there wisdom in the words of Mr. Buffett?  What are you doing to Die While You’re Living?  What things are worth tolerating, even if they make you Dead?  What makes you Alive?

Let’s chat in the comments…

 

56 comments

  1. Good stuff here Fritz, you’re not being naive. I’m trying to “die while I’m living” by doing epic stuff in the outdoors – especially while my body is still a (relatively) kinda-well-oiled machine 🙂

    You could also post the great Warren Zevon song “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”!

  2. Big Parrothead here so I had to comment. Love that line and can remember listening to “Growing Older But Not Up” during my college years. At the time I felt carefree and had nothing to lose.

    Unfortunately, now many years later I have a lot more resposibilites (family, kids, job, etc.) and I often drift away from this philosophy.

    Appreciate you posting this and reminding me to do the things that make me feel Alive!

  3. Well said, Buffett is always good for a couple quotes here and there. We’re getting there, and while on the way, we’re making every effort to make all our days intentional as we can.

    Thanks again for the great morning read.

  4. Great one, this one goes up on my BOOK MARK BAR, to read over and over again. I am not dying while I am living but sure the heck want to be. I used to, but let others suck the life right out of me, I need to get it back.
    Thank you

  5. Whooo Hoooo (maybe spelled incorrectly but ya get me). Yep, count us among the living. Headed home tomorrow after a month in Nepal – backpacking Tea House style, kayaking and finished with a Safari. Three years into an FIRE retirement and life is AMAZING. Even my friend “Jim” says he’s now going to look at his expenses and try to retire by January. Your not naive my friend, your very calculating and careful. Enjoy your early retirement and you can “sleep when your dead”.

  6. More great words of wisdom from Fritz, even if the headline is from someone else. Kind of ironic, since Buffet is still working, at age 71, but his work sure seems to be about having fun, more than just making money, although he seems to have done very well at both for the past 40+ years, lol. One thing I like best about your blog is that you emphasize and describe the qualitative measures of a good or great retirement (and life in general) as well as the quantitative financial aspects. I am in 100% agreement, but it is wonderful and affirming to hear it articulated so well by someone else. Thank you!

  7. Thanks Fritz,
    I’m a new follower of yours, and even newer retiree (3 weeks, but who’s counting). I left my job 1 year earlier than planned as it had become intolerable, and I was unknowingly “Living while I was Dead”. While we’re not rich, we are stable enough to finally begin “Dying while I’m Living”! Really appreciated this very timely post – keep up the great work, you are an inspiration to all of us!

  8. Great point about about PLANNING. Thank you so much for your continued “writings” to encourage those(us) to experience what you are now. It is way too easy to remain on the “hamster wheel” of life even in retirement – especially if you DO NOT have a PLAN ! It’s time for us to – make our plan.

    I strongly encourage those who are in the nearing times of retirement to follow the advice given here, if possible.

    Be grateful for this time we have to “die while we are living”!

  9. I couldn’t agree with more with your post Fritz, keep up the great writing. That song is now embedded in my
    brain!!

  10. That’s what FIRE is all about. Once you’re there, you have the autonomy to choose. You can live the way you want. Having no autonomy is a big part of “live while I’m dead.” Life is just no fun when you have to do all these things you don’t like. Good stuff.

  11. I’m in Greece right now for Chautauqua. We just jumped into the freezing cold infinity pool, stayed as long as we could (5 min!), headed to the sauna, and proceeded to laugh, and laugh more. Earlier our bus backed up along the narrow road of Mount Olympus and many were scared. What a day of living. Had the bus fallen from the cliff it would be a terrible tragedy, but I suspect none of us has any regrets on the day!

  12. Excellent post and dead on-pardon the pun!

    The part that stuck the cord for me was about the Dead while Living points…so true and so many people ‘living’ that way.
    Add on the “10 more years for corporate health insurance” or perhaps ‘10 more years to have an additional $1000 per month in retirement’ doesn’t wash for me.

    I retired at 56 on June 8th this year…a magical month for a few of us ;-), and haven’t looked back. Yes, I’m fortunate my employer kept me on their insurance plan and that we live in Canada for health insurance….but regardless, to have freedom in so many ways, the additional $1000 per month would have been a complete waste!

    Cheers, and thanks.

    1. Wow, June 8th was my last day, as well. Magical month, indeed. Isn’t it great to Live in retirement? I couldn’t be happier about the adjustment, and just keep pinching myself to see when I’ll wake up. I’m sure you can relate. #LiveLife

  13. Great post Fritz…

    I have to agree with you. !0 years added to early retirement definitely outweighs health insurance. While health insurance is a necessity, it sure as h3ll isn’t worth 10 years of working in an environment that stunts ones growth and creativity. I am just starting to realize that its the Journey that makes any trip worth taking. And while we are always looking forwards to reaching our destination, the experiences and wisdom attain along the way are what make it all worthwhile.

    Thanks for the great reminder on why living is more important than simply being alive.

  14. True words Fritz. I just recently retired earlier this year after being let go from a startup I was running because I could not raise money from VCs and Angels to keep it afloat. My wife kept asking me how many retirement calculators I have to assess when they all agreed I could retire at 59. So I did, however, that wasn’t my only reason. I had been in healthcare for over 25 years, mostly in cancer care as an administrator. I have seen people taken away far before their time from this dreadful disease. Therefore, no doubt your latest blog resonates with me. I am playing that Jimmy Buffet song as I write and realized that Tim McGraw had a similar one in “Live like your dying” which was influenced by the death of his father before his time, the great former Met and Philly Tug McGraw, who was dizzy and fell while an instructor at spring training early 2000s. I remember it well since I am from the Tampa Bay area where the Phillies have their spring training camp. Tug would be diagnosed with brain cancer and eventually die shortly thereafter. I am sure we have all be touched by someone near and dear to us with cancer or any other awful life threatening disease. Personally, several years ago, I lost my nephew and godson to testicular cancer at the age of 27. Within a few months after, my 5 year old grandson was diagnosed with an extremely rare childhood cancer that strikes only about 50 out of 90 million 1-19 years olds annually. The long term prognosis for this cancer is poor.

    Life is uncertain and certainly short. If you have the means to enjoy it with an early retirement, do it. If not, motivate yourself to reaching that goal while you can.

    1. Eduardo, congrats on your recent retirement, and your excellent comment. As one who saw firsthand people who have died before their time, you have a credible perspective on the priorities in life. Great addition of Tim McGraw’s song to the discussion, another great song with the same philosophy. Horrible story about your 5 year old grandson, I can’t imagine having to go through that with a child so young.

      Never take life for granted. It can end so quickly. Thanks for that painful reminder.

  15. Hi Fritz,

    I am a few months away from retiring at 63. Sitting around doing nothing (couch potato) is the quickest way to a early death. My plans including traveling the world while I am still able, to attend OLLIE classes at my old University, volunteer to teach reading at my local library, continue to be an assistant coach at the school I am working at, continue to sell things on EBAY, and more. My days will sure be busy, but I WILL BE DOING THE THINGS I WANT.

  16. Well since I am the inspiration for this article and you quoted me without any attribution, I shall respond. Actually I think I’ve written most of this already, but you chose not to include it.

    This article, like most of the articles on this site and many other early retirement sites, is way long on platitudes and hopes and dreams and woefully short on actionable specifics.

    “I’m confident I’ll be able to buy health insurance after my COBRA runs out” is exactly counter to the research that I’ve done. It depends on what you expect from your health insurance. Do you want access to a broad network of doctors and other providers? Do you have pre-existing conditions to cover? Do you know your family history and have a good idea of what problems may lie ahead for you?

    Unless you are lucky enough to have access to retiree coverage (corporate, military, government employee, etc.) or access to a spouse’s coverage, you will need to buy your own. And I can confidently say that in my area, I simply cannot buy adequate coverage. From anyone. At any price.

    I’m sorry if this is a “bummer” on your Buffett-fest, but that’s reality. And this is not the standard FIRE-babble about quitting a job that “you don’t like” to “buy things you don’t need” to “impress people you don’t like”. Fritz, I really thought you were above all those cheap cliches. I guess I was wrong.

    If your “confidence” is backed up by hard data, please provide it. But I’ve read your articles on this topic, and I don’t believe you did sufficient research. You’re crossing your fingers and hoping things will work out.

    1. Larry!! Great to have you back, my friend. I figured folks could easily enough click on the link I provided to see your original content, thought that was attribution but appears I’m incorrect. I was also wrong with the cheap cliche’s, I see. And confidence without hard data. Tsk tsk. Seems I’m wrong a lot these days, right? 🙂 Damn, I’d better start looking for a job. This Living is for the birds….

      On a serious note, it’s called “Personal” Finance for a reason, Larry. What works for me, may not work for you, and vise versa. Keep an open mind, it’s good for the soul. I’ve spend hundreds (thousands?) of hours planning for my retirement, seems a bit “cheap” (to use your word) for you to comment that I’m “crossing my fingers and hoping things will work out”.

      Simply. Not. The. Case.

      Thanks for stopping by, love the discussion.

      1. This blog really isn’t about personal finance. I get how these FIRE sites work. It’s all about life philosophy and “I’m OK, you’re OK.” But that’s just not what responsible financial planning is.

        Again if you have hard data to support your expectation that you’ll have adequate health insurance after your Cobra ends, please post it. Real actionable options. I haven’t seen it to this point and I know why: because they don’t exist.

  17. Larry, unless I’ve missed something….the ACA allows *anyone* to purchase insurance. Where I live, it’s the *only* option for people who are self-employed…simply are no other options.

    See which doc you want? Not likely with any insurance I’ve seen….Even the “good” plans have limited networks.

    Sadly, the entire medical landscape has changed. It’s not what it was when I started, for sure…

    1. planedoc, there is only one ACA provider in my area, and virtually no doctors participate in it. I don’t consider it acceptable.

      In re-reading the article, it really isn’t a rebuttal to what my earlier comment at all. No, Fritz just continues to ignore the details of what “good health insurance” means, and the unlikelihood that he will be able to find anything suitable when his Cobra ends. He’d rather write his usual philosophical blah-blah-blah, which appears to appeal to his readers more than actual financial planning and real risk management. I guess I’ll look for that elsewhere.

      1. I rather enjoy my “usual philosophical blah blah blah”. If you don’t, it’s a free country, and you’re free to move on (though I hope you don’t, I rather enjoy our blah…blah…blahing at each other).

        BTW, how much of my material have you actually read? There’s some really good meaty stuff out there, if you take the time to look. Check out next week’s Retirement Guide post for some ideas.

  18. Fritz I appreciate the post. I always appreciated the first part of the refrain even if I did not always embrace it. But I also saw the second half as more of a spiritual refrain – living while I’m dead as in eternal life. I didn’t think it was a fair trade off of this life for the next.
    I love Jimmy Buffet – working from home wearing Honduran surfer pants and flip flops today. In all these years, I never saw the songs refrain of “living while I’m dead” as relating to the cubicle grind and not spiritual eternity. So I definitely appreciate your perspective ans interpretation here.

    I’ve pretty much decided to quit my current job in January. I have another offer with a former boss that would be more tolerable – but not sure I’ll take it. May instead just focus on getting ready for sale of the house. We have a July wedding of one child – house may be listed the next day….

    1. Kevin, interesting take on the eternal perspective of “living while I’m dead”. If that’s the case, I’d argue that living while you’re dead is even more important than “dying while you’re living”. Nice contribution to the discussion, and not a perspective I’d had to the lyrics before your comment, thanks for that.

      Good luck on your decision regarding your current job vs. potential offer. Big decision, made all the more difficult with all that’s going on in your life! Congrats on the wedding, our only child got married last summer, and it was a huge day in our lives. Life is a fascinating journey, isn’t it!? Thanks for stopping by.

  19. Another great post and a mantra I live by, though I never phrased it that way. I just started learning the banjo because I always have wanted to….so why wait until retirement when I can do it now. No regrets. I am also walking away from a job that is mediocre to one that will hopefully provide me with lots of diversity and joy. Though I agree, no need to be reckless. I would not have left my current gig if I did not have another on the horizon.

    1. Funny, I’ve considered learning the banjo as well. You may have to show me a few things when we meet up in Tennessee sometime in the future! Good luck on your transition, you’ve had an amazing journey this past year, I’m sure you’re looking forward to having some of this behind you in the not too distant future.

  20. Parrotheads Unite! I enjoyed reading this post even without any hard data to back it up (smiley face).

    FI, FIRE, or whatever you want to call it, is not just about the finances. It is also about enjoying those that mean the most to you. Actually, that should be the primary purpose of one’s life. Throw in some awesome trips, do some things you are passionate about and then you really got it going.

    I have so many favorites but one that comes to mind is Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.

    “These changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes,
    Nothing remains quite the same.
    Through all of the islands and all of the highlands,
    If we couldn’t laugh we would all go insane.”

    1. Fritz: another great buffet song that has always stuck with me is Cowboy in the Jungle from son of a son of a Sail:r. Spinning around in circles, living it by day, but still 24 hours, maybe 60 good years, it’s really not that long a stay…

      Your blog helps me gain the courage to move on to the next phase in 8 months when I reach 65…

  21. Great article and I thoroughly agree with “Dying while I am living” approach to life… Age is a frame of mind that we have the ability to control. While the body may slow down as long as you keep challenging yourself physically and mentally you’re ahead of the game.

    I retired 12 days ago and am loving every minute of the freedom of time attained. Interestingly, a few years ago I was one of those that had said I would never retire…. so glad that I came arou d on that one.

    I am not far from Blue Ridge so if you ever want someone new to mtb, hike or paddle with let me know as I can make the time.

    Thanks for sharing your insights and journey into this exciting new phase of life. Keep up the good stuff.

  22. Great article. It is in line with the way I am living. I made a plan to move to Alaska as part of my 5 year plan to stretch in my profession and see if my ideas would work. That was 24 years ago. Fast forward to 3 years ago, I was happy with my career and then my best friend that I actually shared a crib with got sick and passed from cancer. It had me reevaluating my work decisions. My wife and I decided then that life is to short and unpredictable to delay making memories. If you want to talk about a song influencing life decisions, while I am a parrot head and like your choice as well as the mentioned Tim Magraw “live like you are dying”, for me it is Luke Bryant “Drink a beer”. I used it for my best friends eulogy and decided on that day life is to short and I to want to “die while I am living”. I have completed some bucket list items and working on others. I didn’t wait for retirement but I built a 24’ ocean boat with no experience but a book. Launch day was the only time I remember my wife asking about my life insurance. I am building memories with kids and grandkids. Life is good and I am living. I really find your posts to be thought provoking and that is a compliment. Take care.

    1. Ken, great comment, and I’m impressed you built a boat!! (Something I’ve always thought would be an interesting project to tackle). Glad to know you didn’t need that life insurance policy. 😉

      Funny how songs can make us think about how we choose to live our lives. Thanks for adding to the song list! And, thanks for the compliment on my writing, that means a lot to me. It’s why I do what I do!

  23. I love my life. I focus on the journey, not just the destination.
    Nevertheless, this excellent post reminds me to create “exceptional” memories along the way. Those peak experiences are the ones we experience, capture, remember, recall, and enjoy.
    We need to live while alive!

  24. I think there is complete wisdom is dying while your living. This life is so short and we’ve only got so much time to love people, see the world, meet new friends, share our faith, help someone in need, and find new adventures. You’ve set yourself up to be able to enjoy your retirement early and not that you need to hear from me, but I say, go live it!!!

  25. Great post Fritz, especially the part about mountain biking in Tennessee and taking a brisk swim in a mountain lake…Jealous 😉
    I’m trying to spend as much time with my family, trying to be the best, most involved father to my 8 YO daughter. Trying to make a difference in the community, and count my blessing, each and every day! Than you.

    1. I’m with you on this! I’m 58 and have a terrific high salary job that keeps me handcuffed with “gold”. Half way through that each year my pension goes up by 2% which is about $1000 per month for life (100% spouse survivorship) and every year end comes the top hat plan and bonus which runs around $150k. I have enough now….but why not a little more – plus 100% paid for health and other benefits.

      Now, they don’t do this because they like me. And they don’t do this without expecting a lot from me….and since I’ve been doing this for quite a while, and have achieved all of the goals I had for the company I find myself wanting to be other many other places, doing many other things – and not in an airport on Monday mornings.

      I’ve got the one more year thing down pretty good. I’m sure my retirement year will have a 19 at the end of it. It’s the month that is the conundrum. In the meantime I feel indecisive and silly for sticking around.

      Anyhow, I really enjoyed this post.

  26. It pisses me off when I see people who are reduced to making life decisions based solely on health insurance. I know it’s important and if you have an existing condition that’s serious, you’ve got to think carefully about leaving a job with coverage. But most people who’ve spent years assessing and building their financial lives have the capacity to pivot should things not work out as planned.

    I also thought of Tim McGraw’s song. I believe he and his dad had been on the outs for a very long time and had only recently reconciled before Tug was diagnosed. Tim’s words remind us not to take days or people for granted because you never know if you’ll see more of them.

    1. Mrs. Groovy, please what and/or who (whom?) it is that you’re “pissed off” about. I want to be sure I understand your position.

  27. I’m a but younger than you, Fritz, so DMB is my go to.
    “Take these chances, place them in a box until a quieter time, lights down, you up and die” from Ants Marching tells me to not put things off, because ya just don’t know. “Pig” has the line “don’t mean to dwell on this dying thing”, and goes on to point out “is this not enough, this blessed sip of life”.
    “Celebrate, we will, ’cause life is short but sweet for certain .”
    And… “I can’t believe we would lie in our graves wondering if we spent our living days well.” I think mirrors your lyric from Jimmy Buffet.
    I’ve attended a couple fall workshops, with the idea of future goals (of course my ideal FI), so instead of waiting, I’m trying to work more of that into the now. Time with friends and family even if that needs to be on weekends still. Building those savings towards FI, and mentally wrapping my head around that I will ideally move in the next 10 years (some of my moves in the past 10 years were not expected, more of an ‘oh this is changing now and so will where I live’, going with the flow, versus an intentional plan). I’m trying to build skills in and out of the office to facilitate remote work / location independent / very minimal commute part of my FI plan. Start to ‘live my days well’, and not put too much off for a quieter (FI) time, I can appreciate my enough. 🙂

    1. Very cool how music transcends the generations, Jacq. Different bands, same message, same impact. It sounds like you’re on a good course, remain patient over the next 10 years, I suspect you’ll be happy with wherever you land!

  28. I agree with other commenters, that this is a great and insightful post, and that the message behind it is one we regularly all need to be reminded of. It is so easy to get caught up in the idea of making money or saving money to do the things we want with our life, but then never get around to doing them. Well said and thanks!

  29. Great post! I’m new here, but a Buffett quote has reeled me in!

    I’ve always thought of the “living while I’m dead” part as the awful nursing home life of vacant stares and endless tv reruns, so the “die while I’m living” part has got to include taking care of your health along with having fun! Go forth and experience life, but eat well, exercise and nourish yourself spiritually too.

  30. Another great phrase….”If you’re not living on the edge, then you’re taking up too much room”

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