No matter how much we plan, we never know what’s next.
Sometimes when we look back in hindsight, the wisest actions we took were the ones that, at the time, seemed insignificant.
Sometimes when we look back, the biggest mistakes we made were the ones that, at the time, seemed like no big deal at all.
Each day, anything could unfold that could change the direction of our lives in ways that we could never imagine. There are big events, like accidents and sudden illnesses. There are small events, meeting a stranger who introduces you to another stranger who changes everything.
There are the moments that we will never realise are game changers until we have the benefit of 10 years of perspective, at which point we can look back and realise how that set into motion a series of events that re-wrote the story of our lives.
In the world of financial independence, we love to plan. We make detailed accounts of what our lives will look like in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years.
But we have no idea. Absolutely no clue at all about what’s in store.
Financial independence is not about planning for the future. It’s about giving yourself the flexibility and the wiggle room to adapt to whatever unfolds.