Lately, a handful of people have told me that my actions are uncharacteristic for my age. I suppose what they mean to say is this: most people my age live as if there is no tomorrow. For the majority of my peers, there is a frivolous assumption of immortality, of invincibility. But at twenty-five years old, I am different from most people my age because I live as if there is a tomorrow. This is not to say that I necessarily expect there to be a tomorrow. Rather, it means that in my day-to-day life, I try to make mindful and purposeful investments, from small investments such as opting to eat steel-cut oatmeal over toast and Nutella for breakfast, to larger investments such as choosing to contribute to my company’s 401k. I do all this so that if I am lucky enough to be blessed with another day, I will be able to make the best of it because of my actions from the day before.
There is this quote from the English folk band, Mumford and Sons, which I can relate to:
In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die.
Where you invest your love, you invest your life.
I like to think of an investment not just as an appreciation in value, but also an appreciation of value. The things I consider most valuable are things money cannot buy: the warmth of a home, the unconditional love of family, the blessing of good health, the meaning of true friendship, and the importance of faith. At the peak of our lives when all is going well, these things are often taken for granted because we assume their permanency. As a result, other matters take precedence, temporal as they may be. But to have a heart of wisdom (even if it’s mistaken for not acting your age) is to have the knowledge that nothing in life is for certain, and to understand that what cannot be purchased are the investments that give the best return.
Where do you invest your life?