RidinTheTide said:There's a balance here... finding the right level of sacrifice now, while maintaining a high quality of life and providing for the future.I have never quite understood why many of us as "Americans" feel that all our dreams and goals have to be the same. I don't know if it is rooted in Madison Avenue (so they can convince us to buy something to be "different") or in our religious heritage (Absolute truth means everyone should make the same decisions!). For most of us on the RE Board, "paint by number dreams" are not in our plans. RidinTheTide may value a few "luxuries" while I may want to retire a year or two earlier. From RidinTheWave's message, he has chosen his lifestyle, understands the impact, is content with the outcome, and isn't whining asking the government to regulate the price of mochas and subsidize vacations so he can retire 10 years earlier.For my part, I have chosen to live on less than $18,000 per year, understand new cars and expensive vacations are not in the plan (unless I work), content that I can spend over half the year traveling by foot (backpacking), don't whine when I have to be creative in meeting some of my desires. In both cases, we have put some thought into our dreams and goals and executed against them. I wish more of America did this.Grace & Peace,terrynor
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