Live beneath your means. Live beneath your means. I’ve said it twice, not to carry weight, but to signal that it’s the #2 most important thing you can do in your life. #3 is, unsurprisingly, share your means with others. You’re probably sitting there wondering what the #1 most important thing you can do in your life is. Or maybe you’re wondering how someone who has nothing can possibly live below the bottom or share an empty wallet, give food from a hungry stomach. Relax, I’m about to tell you.
You’re not #winning unless you’re #living. I’ve put the hashtags there for dramatic effect, can you tell? It’s true though, the most important thing you can do in this life is to stay alive. I’m not saying that your/my human life is more valuable than anything else. What I am saying is that when it comes to being alive, it’s most important to set yourself up for success, because death is beyond repair. Death is a dick.
Yesterday’s night of odd birthday movie watching at Teresa’s got me thinking about death. As weird as it may sound, I was thinking about how the Mormons might actually be right about some things. Not their religious roots mind you, but more so in regards to how they advise against consuming any stimulants or depressants; alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, miscellaneous drugs. I’ve always been a fan of these treats, but they are usually more life distracting than they are able to help me accomplish any of my life goals. They also go against the aforementioned rule #1, tumbling me down roads towards death rather than avenues for life. All that without even mentioning the environmental impact these types of vices have on the world, which is another key piece of #1.
I’m not here to pretend that everything in life is simple. It is, however, probably much more simple than we make it out to be.