A sad reality of this world, particularly here in the Philippines, is that many really dread the idea of missing out. That fear was so great that many exhaust all efforts to not make it happen. Unfortunately, others would go to the extent of spending beyond their means to do so. Thus, leaving nothing for the rainy days.
I admit, I was once one of those people. Last year, I fell into the trap of ticking off as many places as possible off of my Philippine bucket list.
Before anyone hurls a violent reaction about my statement, please be advised that I’m not discouraging anyone from travelling. All I’m saying is that, because of my new found love for travel, I forgot to keep things in moderation.
During the span of 12 months, I’ve stressed myself in meeting my ‘saving’ deadlines for one travel plan to another. Of course, I have to constantly pick up my pace since I also have unscheduled plans in between. Without me knowing, it became a ruthless cycle that made me more aggravated than usual. Now, my travel goals started to feel like a burden too.
It was sad, really. The once fully enjoyable travel experience became an equally dreaded time of the month as well. My used to be healthy savings account started dwindling back to almost zero. At that point, I knew I was in trouble.
What I didn’t know is that I’ll be in more trouble for the months to follow. I’ve encountered bad investments, unexpected health expenses and emergency family needs. It was such a horror. A supposedly good year started turning sour.
I thought it was never going to end. Then one day, I realized that I can always go back to basics. I started revisiting the finance related websites that I used to regularly follow. In the process of doing so, I remembered my great dream to attain financial freedom. A dream that would enable me to travel freely and do so much more.
During the last quarter of 2015, I started re-evaluating my personal life. I focused in analyzing my needs versus wants in a wholistic level. As I do that, I went through the painful process of re-organizing my goals and compensating for my past blunders. It was difficult, I tell you that. But then again, it must be done.
As 2015 drew to a close, I continued to struggle during the start of 2016. Good thing about it is that it wasn’t as difficult as before. I’ve gained a little bit of patience and discipline to handle my day to day activities.
Today, I can say that I’m on my way to recovery. I may not become a millionaire this year or anytime soon, all I know is that at least I’m getting somewhere. For now, that’s all that matters.
If you’re in this point in your life right now, do not fret. You are not alone. Also, take comfort that there is hope. Hope that can start with you. Find inspiration. Start from what matters most to you.
Take a leap of faith.
See how much wonder awaits you
Matthew 6:21 New International Version (NIV)
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
These are the sites that I normally visit:
Books I’ve read (ing):
Bible – read more on stewardship. Google if you’re yet that well-versed in reading scriptures like myself. There are so many verses about money
Till Debt do us part by Chinkee Tan
My Maid Invests in the Stock Market by Bo Sanchez