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The most dangerous risk of all

“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” – Randy Komisar

Some people won’t live long enough to make good on that bet. And if you are raising kids like I am, even if you do live long enough and have the money later, you’ll still have missed your kids growing up. #livefortoday

Trading the present for future security, in my opinion, is a behavior we’ve inherited from thousands of years of human history in which daily survival itself was at stake. If you are going to freeze to death or starve to death, it makes sense to put today’s joys on hold for tomorrow’s security.

But our brains haven’t caught up with the new reality in America: our toil and fretting really aren’t making THAT big of a difference in the true measurements of quality of life that matter: clean water, shelter, healthcare, and food. Most of us will have these amenities for the duration of our lives, even if we take a little break here and there to enjoy the “now.”

I’m not writing this to preach, I’m writing it to remind myself of this truth. It takes a daily reminder in order to re-calibrate and fight back against the “monkey brain” that only cares about toil, toil, toil, survive, survive, survive.

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