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12/29/06

8:36 AM [At work] I watched The Departed last night, and what did I dream about? Rats! I noticed a few other instances where thoughts that were on my mind before I went to bed showed up in my dreams, sometimes in obvious form, sometimes a bit more subtly.

8:11 PM I didn’t go out tonight. I saved some money. I won’t go out tomorrow night either, and I’ll save some money. Next weekend also, I won’t go out and save more money.

I’m 70 years old now. I have a lot of money in the bank that I saved over the years from not going out. I didn’t get married or have kids because I didn’t want the hassle or the expense (mostly the hassle). I didn’t splurge on myself or others, but also didn’t expect others to splurge on me, ever.

What will I do with all this money?

10:35 PM There’s something exhilarating about the nothing-to-lose attitude. You take chances you wouldn’t dream of, which turn out in hindsight to be more than just shots in the dark – even something closer to a sure shot. There’s no better example of this than the textbook one of a guy gathering the courage to ask out a girl. Supposing he succeeds and they stay together, how does he look back on his endeavor? One afternoon on a vacation from work, when she’s playing in the water with the kids, he sits in the sand getting a tan and more than likely says to himself: “What was I so afraid of then? It wasn’t even that much of a risk now that I look at it.”

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