Vince sent me this article this morning. This is truly worth the read. I told Vince it’s something we should start our day off reading every morning. The story about the fisherman and the investment banker is so true. I wonder how many people today retire or get near retirement age and look back, see what they gave up to get what they got and wonder if it was really worth it.
I’m not saying you can’t have a wonderfully successful career, and still have no regrets but I look at folks, even some of the decisions we’ve made now and wonder how things would have turned out if we had done this instead of that. I don’t think we have regrets but one decision we made that still haunts me just a bit . . when Vince changed jobs in 2006, he had an offer in Louisiana, just an hour north of my family and friends; or the job in Missouri. At first we said Louisiana, and then, after much soul searching, we both said “No! Let’s go to MO.”
On one hand, we would be closer to family and friends and foods that we love and rain and green grass and no grass burrs. But, in MO, Chad met Nicole and his friend, Bobby, who turned him on to hunting, fishing, and really I credit Bobby and his family with doing so much to get Chad on the track that made him who he is today.
Yes, if we had gone to Louisiana, Chad would have met someone else probably and I would like her but there’s no one else like Nicole!
One thing for sure . . hindsight is 20/20. I don’t look back and wish we had done things differently. It would be so easy for me to say “I wish we’d never left Missouri” but, as you know, I wouldn’t give anything for the time we’ve spent here. It’s been a dream come true for me. I told Vince when we first met that someday, I was going to have 40 acres, a big garden and chickens. It took me a while to get it, but we got it!
I suppose it’s a good place to be . . always thinking about change for the better but pretty darned happy where you are!
Sometimes just reading comments and getting to know some of my readers more than others, I love connecting with readers who are happy! Even when things happen and we have every right to be down and sad, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel . . unless we choose not to see it.