Quoted from loneacer:
I’m losing track of the number of coworkers I’ve had that have died in their 40s-60s. Literally worked until they died. About a month ago our CEO had a headache and went to the doctor. He was told he has aggressive brain cancer and won’t live a year. I don’t want that to be me.
Here is the thing. That could be you and I, and chances are it will be at least one of us. My son's company's CEO also just died, a very young and well respected man. Same thing, aggressive cancer.
Quoted from DBLM:
This is why you have to live now because we have no idea what the future holds. I hear a lot about the FIRE movement but frankly, it does not provide for the lifestyle that I want for myself and my family. My wife and I bought this house and a boat several years beforehand because we decided we wanted to enjoy some of the fruits of our labors while we are young. Does this mean we have to keep working? Sure. But we both like what we are doing and get to live our life now as opposed to waiting for retirement. And if I was to stroke out tomorrow, at least I got to enjoy it while I could and my wife and daughter would be taken care of.
That is our line of thinking as well. We upgraded our house a few years ago with some land. Sure, if we stayed were we where, we wouldn't have a mortgage right now, but we wanted to enjoy life a bit and always wanted some land to stretch our legs on. Plus the serenity of a very rural area is priceless.
Come to think of it, we've lost more $ in the last 2 weeks than our first two homes cost combined. LOL!