Ever since July 2012, I have been focusing on building my savings account, my investments, and my net worth. Everything that I do has been focused on building my wealth and getting on track for retirement. I have been so focused on making more money, saving money, and getting on track that I have forgot to focus on things that I enjoy. I have kept a sharp eye on finances and got blurry vision on my hobbies. I need to get back on track and open my eyes completely. I need to refocus my energy toward my hobbies.
For the last couple of years, I have been a big fan of Jeep Wranglers. Not new ones, but ones that are older. I like the idea of working on them in my garage and getting them running and then building them up. Working on cars is fun for me and I really enjoy it. The big problem with any automotive hobby is that it is expensive not matter what way you turn the screwdriver.
My current project is my second Jeep Wrangler and it has been in my possession since November 2011. I bought it from someone that couldn’t afford to fix it. They wanted a lot of money for it and they were talked down to nearly nothing. After 2 weeks of work on the wiring, I had the Jeep started. I have done a lot of work on it so far, but I have a lot more work to go. I want to rebuild it from the suspension upwards, including putting in a different motor. All of these things cost money. Money that I didn’t think that I wanted to waste on my Jeep.
A few months ago, I was planning on selling the Jeep because I was afraid that I didn’t have the time to dedicate to getting it fixed. I also knew that money would have been an issue because of the baby. I thought that getting some money for the Jeep would have helped with the down payment on our next house or a great way to influx some cash into our son’s 529 account. Either way, I just wasn’t sure if owning the Jeep would have been a good idea in the long run.
Words of Wisdom
Sometimes my mind can become cloudy with too much thinking. I think about things a lot and can very often over-think them into oblivion. It happens, but luckily I am married to a wonderful woman that keeps me grounded. My wife injected some great words of wisdom just in time for me. I was preparing to take pictures of my Jeep and put it for sale on Craigslist.
You need to be happy and you need to do what makes you happy. Keep your Jeep and continue working on it.
This was a little of what my wife said to me while we were driving somewhere. Along with this, she made a lot of sense through the whole conversation. I needed to invest in myself and in things that I enjoy. While working on cars is not inexpensive, I truly enjoy it and think that I am not wasting money, but investing it in my future self and my enjoyment level.
We can’t always be driven by money. We need to be driven by happiness and enjoyment with money and finances in the background. There are many that make money to enjoy the things that they love. I want to be that guy again. I don’t want to think about money all of the time. Do we make enough? Can we pay this? How can I make more money? I am tired to racking my brain about money. I want to go in my garage, put on my work gloves, and turn wrenches. This is what I enjoy and this is what makes me happy.
I am done being driven by money. Not everything should be driven by money.
What about you? Is your entire life driven by money? Have you forgotten about your happiness and enjoyment?