by Father Time
"What's the most important thing in life, love or money?"
J: "Love is more important, because money can't buy happiness."
L: (after I stop laughing) "Money is more important, because how the hell are you going to keep those loved ones alive if you have no money to buy food or medicine?"
I look at our finances and my brain says, "Good job, give yourself a pat on the back." Again, according to multiple statistics, we're pretty good savers compared the average citizen. But then my brain thinks about the road ahead and it says, "You suck ass, you guys are f*d if don't start stockpiling more!" With the costs of healthcare and education here in the US of A, I don't see how anyone can stop preparing. I envy folks with pensions or medical coverage for life. If one of us had those, then I'd be a little bit more relaxed.
So while I toil away at this new company, which will demand much more of my time, I simply make peace with myself knowing that the money is slightly better and will position me for better things ahead. I wish I could see the future to know if this line of reasoning is right or wrong. But since I can't, I'll just have to dig up this old post a year or two from now to see if this is all worth it.
Regarding the answer to the question up top? We were both wrong. Time has taught us that neither love or money is the most important thing in life. Rather, it's simply good health. I'm curious to see if this still rings true for us a decade or two from now. Who knows, maybe love or money will eventually cure cancer and other terminal diseases, but I doubt it.