Be As Content As A 12 Year Old

Yesterday I spent the day with my 12 year old nephew, and my 4 year old niece. I discovered how out of shape I am, and how keeping up with kids is no easy task. But more importantly I discovered that I should be more content with life.

We started the day out simple enough with a trip to the park. While there we saw some turtles, fish, and alligators. The kids loved it, even talking about how if we fell on the gator that it would eat all of us. That sounds bad to me but they seemed to think it was a good thing.

I Just Want A Vanilla Coke

Next, we went to the mall which sounds like a materialistic place to go, but we mostly went for the used book store and air conditioning. While there we got some food, and my nephew said something that may very well stay with me the rest of my life.

I had gotten a coke, and he wanted some. He then told me that once he was a place that had multiple flavors of coke and he got cherry. After he saw that vanilla was an option he regretted his decision. But as soon as he goes back there he’s going to get vanilla coke.

Are My Life Goals In Check?

I know that a 12 year old has far less to worry about than I do, but that doesn’t mean I can’t learn from him. One of his goals in life will cost him less than $2. He could make that money walking down the street and picking up coins.

What do I really need in life? I have a apartment to live in, a car to drive, and work I enjoy. I can cook anything I really want to eat, I could spend a ton of money on books but I have so many already.

What Goals Will I Focus On

I like to focus on 3 aspects of my life when it comes to goals. And only really talk about 2 of them, my financial goals, and my physical goals. I want to become financial independent, and finally get in shape.

I’ve spoke of these at length before and will again in the future, but I just got a glimpse at how out of control my goals could get by my 12 year old nephew.

Out of the mouth of babes. I’m not sure if I’ll ever only want something as simple as a vanilla coke, but I do need to simplify what I want.

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