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May 23, 2012

Living the dream

Filed under: Retirement — Mike Kueber @ 5:35 pm

Yesterday, I was sitting in the shallow end of the apartment pool and visiting with a former professional baseball player who now owns an insurance agency.  He is in a good financial situation, but he said his situation is nothing compared to his father.  His father has a three-office agency in Houston that he stumbled into and now he does hardly any work while the money flows in like clockwork.  Most of his days are spent on a houseboat.

I responded like I typically do when hearing about situations that are like the proverbial bird’s nest on the ground.  I said that I try not to be envious of people in situations where it does not appear that they earn their money.  Before I could elaborate on my free-market, capitalistic philosophy, however, the former ballplayer stopped me short and said that I had no business being envious because I was already “living the dream.”

Apparently, during a conversation a few weeks ago I had used that phrase in describing my life.  (Aside from “being comfortable in your own skin,” it is probably my favorite catchphrase.)  And the ballplayer was perfectly appropriate in stopping me from pontificating about restraining my envy when actually I had little to be envious of.

Sure, if I had his dad’s insurance-agent money, I could live on a houseboat or have a condo down at Port A.  And I could give my kid’s more financial assistance as they pursue their careers.  But having more money would not fundamentally change the life I am already living. I read, write, and workout, and I would continue doing those things even if I won the lottery.  My personal life is getting better, and I strongly believe that having more money would not lead to better friends. 

So, perhaps I should quit patting myself on the back and instead just thank my lucky stars.     





  1. Indeed!

    Comment by bobbevard — May 23, 2012 @ 6:12 pm | Reply

  2. we forget how much better poverty is in america than middle class is in mexico…

    Comment by Q — May 23, 2012 @ 9:40 pm | Reply

  3. I’m living the dream and that didn’t start until i had a job making less than half of what i used make. It’s not all about money after basic needs are met.

    Comment by Bill — May 23, 2012 @ 11:19 pm | Reply

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