Do you want to enjoy your life when you are young or enjoy it when you are old?

@mimimeow (295)
Hong Kong
April 2, 2009 3:15am CST
I still have a long way before my retirement and sometimes I wonder should I just work hard and enjoy myself when I retire? or should I enjoy myself if I can now? It's just that you work very hard now and it seems like there is nothing in your I in your life buy work, work , work! I feel terrible about that. Should life be like this? Are there any meaning in working so hard? Let me know what all of you think.
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41 responses
• United States
2 Apr 09
Of late I have been studying and came across this concept. In the Hebrew language there is not such word as retirement. Now that may be shocking but I want you to think about that for a minute. This means that you can always work and make money your whole life. I have seen so many people work so hard that they ruin their health, become awful to be around because they are so angry and tired, and hate what they are doing but do it because "someday" they will be able to enjoy life. If you look at the statistics about people who retire. It usually happens that they pass away soon after they stop working. I believe there is always a balance in life. We were given certain talents to bring to the world; and although there is no job that is perfect or fun all the time, if we are doing what we enjoy it is much easier to tolerate. Also, we are to rest one day a week. I've heard all the arguments that we should all go to church and which day, etc. It says to rest, so I rest. That is what our bodies and minds need to be refreshed. So my answer to the question is everyday I intend to enjoy life. By that I mean I will give to others, be kind to others, do my best at the job set before me, and spend time even if it is only five minutes to further the talents I have been so richly given. I will put money aside for the future; and when the time is right, switch my profession to what I was made to do and enjoy even more. I do not wish to ever retire and you would understand this if you lived in the middle of a community of a bunch of retirees. They seem to be most miserable overall. I hope to be happy even in old age.
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@mimimeow (295)
• Hong Kong
2 Apr 09
sysdexlicwriter, you are quite true, I don't like the idea of retire as well but as I look around me. The trend in my community is the time you should retire / find a job or not is not under your control. That sort of worry me. And I can hardly put any money aside for future use for I have to support my family. I'd like to go aboard to experience life but at the same time I am worrying about my family. Feel kind of got trapped. I like you saying a balance of life. That's quite true. May be I should try to do that. Oh, sometimes it's just difficult to forget work. Well, can't really work myself after materials stuff, right? I should relax a little bit.
• United States
2 Apr 09
As long as you live there are great possibilities even if you can only vacation in your mind. Many times when I have to wait for something like a long line moving slowly or a task to move forward, I relax in my mind and picture myself being in one of those places I desire to be. Even if this is just for a moment, I have been there. Worry does not accomplish anything except to make you fearful. You have made it so far. Throw the worry away. You are not trapped by your family, you are blessed by your family. What a joy it is to have a family when so many do not. One thing about life is that it always changes. What you do today may be different tomorrow. Concentrate on the present and find the hidden joys in everything around you.
@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
2 Apr 09
There are some things that you can enjoy at a certain point in life that you would not be enjoying later in life and there are things that you can enjoy at a later stages in life that you cannot experience when you are young. So my answer to it is enjoy what is enjoyable at this time and always loof forward to anything that will make your life happier each day. you should not postpone it to a later date since what you enjoy today might not be enjoyable later in life.
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
4 Apr 09
Live for today but plan for tomorrow. There has to be a balance there somewhere because you don't know if you'll ever reach old age! Enjoy your life now but put a little aside for later, just in case. That's one reason I bought my first house. When I sold that, I could afford a better house, then sold that and have an even nicer house. THAT is my security for old age, if I should reach it. I could sell my house when I'm unable to earn any more money and move into a small apartment and live off the proceeds from the sale of the house. I'm disabled now but not to the point where I can't earn a tiny bit each month. I'm also working on getting disability (which has been going on for 7 years now) and am hoping that I'll finally be approved in the very near future. That should give me enough money to pay my bills, as long as I don't have this mortgage to pay for. Then, there's the scenario where you get older and become completely disabled and unable to enjoy the 'fruits of your labor'. So, my motto is what I wrote in my first statement, "Live for today but plan for tomorrow."
@mimimeow (295)
• Hong Kong
5 Apr 09
mentalward, you are amazing! How can I think so positive as you do? You are giving courage now. I think I will keep going to reach for my dream and enjoy myself while I can now. Thank again for your great reply.
• China
2 Apr 09
Of course is young.When I'm old,I haven't enough strength to enjoy my life.Although we have to work hard when we were young,but life has to go on and we should waste any time,just have fun in our life.Don't always think lots of complex questions and you may be happier than in the past.
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@katsalot1 (1619)
2 Apr 09
There are many things that you might not be able to when you are older, so I think it is best to enjoy what you can now. When you are retired you may well have different interests. Also, you never know what is around the corner, none of us live forever.
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@sandymay16 (1619)
• Philippines
2 Apr 09
All work and no forms of enjoyment whatsoever is so boring. Enjoy life to the fullest. Enjoying life while young is good. Because you don't know what the future really holds. Enjoyment can be in simple things, need not be extravacant to enjoy. Stopping and smelling the roses is an enjoyment in itself. And besides all work gives you so much headache LOL
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@alokn99 (5718)
• India
2 Apr 09
You must find time to enjoy yourself whenever you can. The important thing is balance with time for enjoyment while you work hard.
@bellaofchaos (11553)
• United States
5 Apr 09
I think the important thing is to find a balance where you work but also get to enjoy yourself. I know that I have a tendency when I work to be a work a holic and that I need to find a better balance. I have a good balance currently where I'm a stay at home mom but I work my but off but i definitely enjoy it.
@mimimeow (295)
• Hong Kong
5 Apr 09
may I ask how do you work or what do you work for? I may need to find out how to do this soon. To support myself while I go back to school again.
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• United States
6 Apr 09
I'm layed off currently but I do all the house work and work that deals with the kids. so I'm constantly working. So right now I'm getting unemployment
2 Apr 09
both I guess! I mean, i'm still very young, and I near enough take life as it goes and try to enjoy it as much as possible. I think it should be the same whatever age you are really, life is short - enjoy it!
• United States
3 Apr 09
Not sure it this has anything relate to your topic but.... I've never gone to any type of clubs, not hanging out with friends much nor doing any kind of partying at all. All it was for me was going to school, to work, and went home do chores. I've never gone to prom nor school dance. Not even involved in any kind of club. When looking back of before the "married life"....my life was sooo boring haha. Now that I'm happily married, I feel like I can't do those things.
@mimimeow (295)
• Hong Kong
5 Jun 09
my god..... you are serious........sorry to say that, your life doesn't sounds too enjoyable. One needs to experience as much as possible as you only live one.
@Pose123 (21671)
• Canada
3 Apr 09
Hi mimimeow, By all means enjoy your life now, it's the only time you have as tomorrow is promised to no one. We should enjoy life everyday and hopefully you will still have lots of time to continue to relish it when you retire. If you can, find a way to enjoy your work or change jobs. We spend such a large part of our life working, that we need to find a bright side to it. Blessings.
@mimimeow (295)
• Hong Kong
3 Apr 09
that's true, 70-80% of my time is working and I really don't know what I am doing sometimes. Can't say I do not enjoy my job but......it's not really something I appreciate doing. I don't know what I want to do!
@muru1950 (964)
• India
3 Apr 09
Hi mimimeow There is one thing that you should not forget,that is,the future is uncertain. It does not mean that you don't work or save for future. What you do is follow the simple rule.Work while you work,play while you play. Life is too short.Make it sweet. You should enjoy everyday,every hour,every minute of your life. Don't wait for the old age. Happy mylotting
• Philippines
3 Apr 09
Good questions... In my case, I would say whatever I am earning right now 60 percent should be invested for my retirement in the future and 40 percent for my enjoyment today...
@mimimeow (295)
• Hong Kong
3 Apr 09
quite interesting. So your investment is just to cover a standard living when you retire or for your to go around the world?
@hotsummer (10308)
• Philippines
3 Apr 09
i would want to enjoy every part of my life. but didn't happen. there were only small part of my life that i was happy. looking forward to be happy from this time onwards. i believe that the more we look for happiness the more elusive it becomes. i think that we just try the best that we can and hopefully happiness will just come.
@mimimeow (295)
• Hong Kong
3 Apr 09
hum....look at things positively, it does help. I am not really unhappy now, I just think, what's the meaning of me working so hard now.
• India
3 Apr 09
According to me we should enjoy it when we are young.... for example-----we should eat all the types of sweets wen we are younger.we cannot do that in our old age we should do all the things we like in young age.....in old age all will loose their ability to do their works
@mimimeow (295)
• Hong Kong
3 Apr 09
haha, eat all the sweet and have all your teeth gone bad before you get old. Don't know, all you guys sound that it will be quite boring when one gets old now.
• Philippines
28 Dec 09
Hi there mimimeow! There are things that we get to enjoy at certain points in our life. There are things we will definitely enjoy while we are young. There are also things that we would like to do early on but are too young to do so. Moreover, there are things we will only appreciate as we grow older. There is nothing wrong in working hard. But we should also know how to have some fun. So if we could have a balance, that will be great.
• United States
26 May 09
Dear mimimeow, This is a question that I have often pondered. I have found the answer to my question after deep thought and consideration of the pros and cons. You are only young once and when you are old, you are old forever until you are in the the grave. Think of it this way, when you are at work all day, you are esentially getting paid for your youth which is slowly, but surely slipping away. You can work the majority of your youth and accumilate millions for when you retire. The question is, will you live long enough to enjoy all that money. Will you be healthy and vivacious while you spend it? I'm not saying that you shouldn't work, rather, make sure to do something you love and something that doesn't suck the life/youth out of you. You might consider working part-time or starting up a small business. Make you pay attention to the simple, yet meaningful things in life that are more important than money such as your children (if any), your spouse, family,friends, natural surroundings, and your health. Another important thing is to not "keep up with the Jones'". While your friend may have a 2009 Benz, you should ask yourself, but at what cost? The key is careful planning and simplicity. Hope this helps.
@xParanoiax (7005)
• United States
12 Apr 09
I prefer to enjoy it ALL the time, rather than setting aside some alotted time for enjoyment. I'm not always successful, nor is it always easy...but that's what I try to do. I think if you don't enjoy life as it happens, then...you'll never find time to enjoy it.
@fasyahime (634)
• Malaysia
6 Apr 09
both ways seem alright with me,but i prefer to enjoy my life when i am still young and energetic, while when i am old i want just to relax around...huhu
• China
4 Apr 09
I think if you can, please enjoy your life now. Everyone would experience different things, meet different people, and have different ideas in different phases of his life. In fact, i think we could not foresee future, and could not go back again. It is more important to be happy now and do well what I have done now. So if you are weary of your work now, why not try to change? Maybe that would give you a fresh idea and a power to go back to work. And another thing I want to say is someone could not enjoy his life well when he was retired, because he worked so hard that do a harm to his health. Well, that is just my opinion.
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
3 Apr 09
I never got a chance to really enjoy life when I was young. It is that way when you are not comfortably wealthy and have to work to make anything. I did travel a bit, but it was in the same province or the state below the province, and it was not me alone, I was with either the family I was living with or later on, my husband. and We said that when we retire, we will have enough money to travel at least every two years take a cruise. I sometimes think that ones who were able to really travel when they were young, that is go on a cruise, have the best time of it. The rest of us have to wait until we retire, and then something usually goes wrong. Now my sons who were lucky enough to go to University, made good money so they could really travel, but for me and my husband and especially me, it was just in Canada and maybe to Washington, Montana, and North Dakota . We had to wait until retirement to be able to go to Alaska, and to the Eastern provinces and the eastern States. It would have been wonderful if we could have done it sooner.