The decision's been made. The trip is booked. We're going to Ireland and I'm getting more excited by the minute!
I never expected we could afford a nice trip to mark our 60 birthdays after all the home improvement we did this year. But paying off the house last year has made a big difference. No longer having that large monthly payment has allowed us to treat ourselves while still sticking to our savings plan. Plus we've been lucky that, during a poor economy, business has remained steady.
Nevertheless, some would argue that "during these uncertain economic times" we shouldn't be spending money unnecessarily. But, every time I think of my parents, I'm more determined that Jim and I grab every opportunity to enjoy life together while we can.
My parents saved all their lives for retirement. But, for them, the joy of retirement only lasted a few years. Dad often talks about how mom's Alzheimer's is particularly sad because they have the money to travel. But mom's in a home and dad refuses to leave town as long as she's alive.
So, because I'm reminded daily that we never know what the future holds, I say -- "carpe diem!"