|Veggies growing perfectly well in containers|
Back in the mid 1980's I started off well but then lost my way and became a consumerist. Coming from frugal stock has made the return to a simpler way of life much easier than having to completely discover it from scratch.....when I am a bit stumped I just have to reflect back a generation or two and remember what used to be done to help me formulate solutions.
Our form of frugality is of course rather different than my forebears as we prudently use technology to assist with our quest for thrift - working smarter rather than harder is important to me too.
This is not a list of regrets but rather a list of things that hindsight has taught me. If young men or women stumble across this post my wish is for them to be encouraged and motivated:
If I Were A Young Man Again
1. I would have stuck at my trade (Electrician) and put the effort into gaining confidence. I see so many successful tradespeople around now living great lives. Climbing a corporate ladder is not the only pathway to success.
2. Controversially, I would not have traveled overseas, I would have bought my first house with 50% deposit at aged 20 (I had the money saved and spent it on overseas travel).
3. I would have never got a credit card (remember the swipey machines with the paper inserts and the carbon copy receipt?)
4. I would have lived in the moment more instead of continually worrying about the future
5. I would have sort help for stress and anxiety much earlier
6. I would have committed to having a specific budget goal first up when Mrs HM and I were married
7. I would have made better friends - not ones who glorified living on their debts and encouraged me to do the same.
8. I would have planted a vegetable garden first up and kept it going year by year
9. I would have moved house 20 times less.
10. I would grow flowers - because they delight me.
|The girls holding forth....|
There might be something in this list that creates a new thought or shifts a paradigm for you - I hope so.
I have no regrets, that's a futile emotion. I have the last third of my life to do it differently and we are well into that different way of life now.
Take care folks and stay nice.
Mr HM (Phil)