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Is it better to be poor and happy than well paid and sad and unhappy?
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I had my first when I was only just 18, which is fine and I love my life, I have a good time and things are great,
however, when my fifth child will be old enough to make her own way, i shall only 46 and what do I plan to do?
a) find myself a career to fall into for the rest of the 25 years of working I'll need to do
b) stay at home and be a free babysitter for my grandchildren
c) Rent out my house, go travelling with the proceeds, take lots of photos, eat lots of different things, see everything, learn languages, talk to other people, and send a postcard to all my children and grandchildren from all the different places i've been to?
When my kids go to Uni, what will I suggest?
a) go straight at 18, work simultaneously to pay those horrid fees
b) take a year out to work to cover the horrid fees
c) take a year out, travel, work with a charity, meet new people, worry about the fees when you get back?
you guessed it right! If you have to Op, go home, pack your bags, rent out your house and get on a plane. You can always come back and get a new job if you don't like it.
My preferences would be: rich and happy, poor and happy, rich and sad, poor and sad.
I've only been (relatively) poor and happy, and poor and sad (v. occasionally). Poor and happy is OK as long as you can cope the consequences of not having enough money.
I would've liked to have travelled when I was younger, but circumstances meant that I couldn't. If you have a base to go back to after your adventures, then I'd go for it!
I'm 26 and have found myself stuck in a job I hate but with a mortgage I can't up sticks anymore. Do it. My mother wanted to do the same and you and didn't. She got married to get away from her mean Mum instead. All ended in tears and guess what? Aged 40 she went travelling! Do it now while you have the opportunity and you can settle later. Good luck. XXX