Coffee isn’t everything. (Some may argue differently, but we stand by that statement!) There simply are more important things in life. Things we want more than coffee; things we’d give up coffee for in order to get.
Take a look below for the four things we believe all of us want more than coffee.
Whether we marry or not. Whether we have children or not. Whether those children are biological or adopted, we all want – and need – a family.
A family needn’t be our parents, siblings and grandparents (although we would hope for everyone to have a loving relationship with their family of origin). We can choose our families, in a way: choose those people with whom we feel closest. By whom we are loved – and who we love – unconditionally.
Regardless of how we are “related,” we all want that loving, intimate relationship with at least a few people throughout our lives. Life is just better with a family.
No matter what we do in our lives, no matter how wealthy we may be, no matter what degree of “success” we may reach in our lives, it matters little if we don’t have our health.
Success – however you may define it – could well become out of your reach. You may not be able to attend or enjoy family gatherings. You may not be able to travel to those places you always wanted to visit if your health precludes you doing so.
We take our health for granted when young. Bad habits don’t appear to be having an affect for the first few years or months. But eating poorly, not exercising regularly, taking illicit drugs or other substances, drinking too much alcohol too often all will come home to roost as soon as early middle age.
Are you 25 today? Keep up the bad habits and your 35-year-old body may be screaming at you.
That’s just 10 years. Remember how fast the last 10 years have passed and wake up and pay attention! Your 35-year-old self – as well as you at 45, 55, 65, 75 – will thank you for starting and keeping good habits now.
It happens slowly, but it does happen: poor health “earned” over the years bad habits.
By “wealth,” we mean however you define it. One million in cash by age 65? Two million by 35? Financial independence/early retirement at age 50 because you saved a bundle over the years living on half of your income and investing the rest?
We all want “enough” when it comes to our finances, whatever that number may be. Having “enough” allows us to live our lives – and support our families –in ways that make us and them feel secure. “Enough” wealth also provides the extras we want our families to enjoy.
We all want “enough.”
Life can’t be all work and earning a living. Life should be enjoyed. While we do need to save for a time when we can’t (or don’t want to) work, we need to enjoy our lives. With our families, our friends, and even by ourselves.
Of course, fun means different things to different people: a simple picnic in the park with toddlers. A terrific meal at the hippest new restaurant with friends. Celebrating Grandma’s 95th birthday with her and her great-grandchildren (your children). Travel. Exercise. Sports. The arts.
And, by the way, even though we want all of the above more than we want coffee, coffees certainly does make all those things more enjoyable:
- Coffee on a Sunday morning over pancakes with your children (family).
- Drinking four or more cups a day knowing that coffee provides healthy antioxidants (health).
- Being able to afford terrific, premium, organic, fair-trade coffee (wealth).
- Brewing a hot pot of coffee over a campfire while hiking for a week in the Appalachian Mountains (fun).