For me having more fun now.
I did have a blast until I turned 17, but I just wanted to get ahead so when I was older and my back or knees or whatever else hurt I could chill.
I never dated or even kissed a girl from the age of 18-30. For 12 years I worked 80-120 hours a week to try to get ahead.
It helped that I was self employed and enjoyed what I did. (18-23 I was still working full time construction for my Dad also).
BUT, when I was 18, I was making 10% interest on savings. Then 8, then 6, and finally my plan of living off interest became buying rental houses.
I only have 3 rentals, I thought I could have had 5 by now, but it is cool, I am debt free and can retire anytime.
I will never fully retire, because I like to work.
I have never been to a gym and I never will. If I am going to lift anything I am getting paid, not paying them.
I am far from being rich, and I have no need to be. I am frugal enough and have enough common sense I am fine.
I have purchased 2 brand new cars in my lifetime. Both were for my Mom. The 2003 Malibu I now use for construction, because of the gas mileage. The 2008 Aveo she is still driving. I still have the 1988 F-150 I purchased used from a friend back in 1988.
Anyway, the last few years me and friends have been to all of the Six Flags parks in the USA, and most of the Cedar Fair parks, and most Busch/Sea world parks.
And I am retired from that shit now, I love rollercoasters but they started hurting my head, like I could feel my brain hitting my skull type of hurt.
I am still just a workaholic and I hope to chill more soon.
Nice that me and my awesome girlfriend have a nice man cave loaded with games to play.
Sucks that I still work too much to take the boat to the lake much. (35 min drive).
I am so damn glad that I worked all the time when I was younger.
Most of my friends were still going to bars all the time, and getting married and later losing half their shit. (I may someday marry my current girlfriend, as long as I know 100% no way I can lose half of my stuff).
I had a awesome childhood, because I was blessed with awesome parents.
I was too busy to be lonely for most of the 12 years I worked all the time.
I did overdo it a tad in my early 30's, spending way too much time at the beach and in beach bars. It was very cool though getting the VIP treatment and having fun. (like 60 days a year).
Shout out to the old me: THANKS!!!
Plans did not all quite work out but everything is fine, and the hard work, stress, sweat, and everything has paid off.
It did help that I was just not interested in having any kids. And I have never been married.
At 23 I did do a very long will, my lawyer said he had never seen anyone write a will that long. 30 years later and it is still good.
(and this is not the confessional, but I confess I drink Natties to chill me out, because all I want to do is work all the time).