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Having it All

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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Fame and Fortune Puzzle
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What does Ďhaving it allí mean to you? Having all of what - everything youíve ever desired? We all know thatís impossible, and pointless. If we had everything we wanted there would be no reason to work hard or set goals or make plans.

Itís human nature to want things, but there's a difference between aspiring and longing.

The trick here is to set realistic limits. I could want a million dollars and a house on the beach, or I could want fame or the perfect body. Actually, I donít want any of those things.

Fame and Fortune Puzzle
Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / freedigitalphotos.net

I've set my goals rather lower than that, but still high enough that I need to work for them.

To me, having it all means a home in the country thatís cosy and easy to care for, enough money to retire in comfort but not luxury, a happy family and good health. Thatís not too much to ask, is it?

House on Calculator
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Iím part-way there already. Iím in my fifties, reasonably healthy and living in a lovely little country cottage. I work part-time which gives me time to pursue other interests. Ultimately I want to retire from my job and put more time into my writing and my art, and to do this Iíll need to downsize a little more Ė which means finding a house with a smaller mortgage, but this is a compromise Iím willing to make.

I feel for those who dread retirement. Perhaps they think that their job defines them and that without it they have no identity. Maybe they see retirement as a kind of Ďgiving upí and letting old age take over.

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles / freedigitalphotos.net

For some, though, itís because they have worked so hard to Ďhave it allí that they've tied themselves to debt. Retirement would then mean a drop in the kind of living standards they've been used to.

So, back to the question Ė what does Ďhaving it allí mean to you? If you spend your days feeling discontented with what you have and longing for something you know you can never realistically achieve, then maybe itís time to re-think. If the kind of life youíre living now is going to compromise your retirement plans in the future, then something needs to change.

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# Acceptance
# Prosperity
# Success
# Contentment
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