Have you folks noticed how things change as time goes by? I was just reminded of this while visiting my parents place over the weekend. Looking back at pictures of vehicles I drove and even old posters still hung up in my room….hmmm I thought that was cool???
Wait, did things change or I grow up?
As much as I pride myself on being the same old person I’ve always been, I have noticed change. I suppose some of that comes with aging.
I used to enjoy going out and about with friends fairly regularly. Nowadays, I am plenty content to spend Friday and Saturday nights at home with with the family. Those late nights are easier to recover from when you are young!
I still enjoy spending time with friends, but in different scenarios then before. I’d rather have them come to our home instead of meeting at a bar for example. Not only is it a money saver, staying home more often is just enjoyable for me. Time goes so fast and any extra moments spent with family is precious.
Friends can change too.
As in finding a different group of friends then in the high school/college days. Life has a way of scattering people around the country. Life also gets busy and it seems like we don’t always have the time to keep in touch. And sometimes people just go in opposite directions.
Some of my very best friends at age 18 are those I haven’t spoken to since age 22. For myself, I still have a couple a couple of friends from high school that I keep regular contact with. However, I have been fortunate to make some new ones that really jive well with our current path.
This is why it’s important for high school kids not to be sad or depressed if they don’t have a ton of friends or aren’t the most popular kid in school. You likely aren’t going to keep in contact with many anyways. You’ll maybe have a few from high school if you are lucky who become life long friends.
Hobbies, Interests and Careers…Oh My!
Some hobbies and interests have changed. When I started working out of college, I couldn’t care less about investing or even putting much money aside for retirement. I wanted as much money as possible to hit the checking account.
Now, each day I look forward to checking my investment accounts and watching CNBC when I can. Also I love reading blogs from the personal finance community. Sometimes I wonder if I shouldn’t have gone into this as a profession. And this brings me to……….
Career/Job interest is definitely shifting as we go. The slow and steady realization is that the IT profession has never really been all that interesting to me. I’m decent at it and it pays the bills but one can only ever go so far if the love isn’t there.
Granted I will always keep grinding at it until I figure out a different path forward but sometimes I do feel guilty for holding a position to where someone could be hired that has a serious passion for this line of work. Kind of weird I know! I am very grateful to have a job though and I know many people aren’t so fortunate.
I am grateful for it as the profession, along with Mrs. DS’s very successful career, has provided a great measure of financial stability for us. The cool crowd calls it FI(Financial Independence) now.
To wrap up, it is interesting to see progression through the years. Hopefully all changes for the better as I’ve become older and (hopefully) wiser.
If someone I knew from years gone by were to tell me “you’ve changed”, I would thank them for the compliment!
What changes have you noticed about yourselves over the years? Thank you as always for reading and commenting!