Let’s talk about investment, shall we?
Ah, yes. I can see you groaning, your yawn and disinterested look you are trying so hard to conceal right now.
What puts you off? The word ‘investment’ itself? Count me in. I did not even fake interest when I heard the word for the first time being shoved on to me. Really. I just left the word immediately, and never wanted to return. Until now.
Now when I feel at least half of my life has passed. Come to think of it. We have lived in the world more than half of our possible lifetime in the world, right? Or maybe not half yet. But we are definitely inching closer to that half-point mark.
And at times like these, I could not help wondering, what have I invested?
If you ask if I questioned ourselves about financial-related investment, the answer is both “yes” and “no”.
“Yes”, because what and how much we save is always more important than what and how much we earn in life.
“No”, because investment also applies to how we live our life.
Do we invest our time in doing the work that makes us happy?
Do we invest our expenses in what we need, rather than what we want?
Do we invest our brain to knowledge, instead of aimless pleasure?
Do we invest our tastebud to culinary, and not snacking?
Do we invest our love to the right people?
Do we invest our life to the right causes?
Do we invest our time well?
Well, who knows?
I cannot answer that for you. And that sucks. It does. You don’t feel pleasant whenever you are forced to look back at the past, only to realize so much, or too much has gone to waste, leaving you at whatever state you are in right now.
I have gained. I have lost. I have earned. I have lost. I have loved. I have lost. I have lived. And will do so until the luxury is taken away from me.
It does not hurt to spare so you can make investment. I cannot say it in a more subdued or subtle manner. Put aside extra time, money, effort, attention, what have you, to invest. See how your investments grow over time.
Or maybe by the time they grow, you won’t be able to see. That’s okay. Others will see, leaving memory of your presence intact. See, investment is preserving yourself. To be immortal. To be lived and remembered forever.
Be afraid not of making bad investments. For you can always do over.
And that’s my birthday note this year to you, dear.
Let’s put some imagination in our investment, shall we?