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The want is the worry

There is a phrase used by followers of stoicism that "the want is the worry".

The longer the list of possessions and affirmations that you desire, the more you have to do to get there and the more the risk to mind, body and spirit.

Of course, it's easy for me to say that from the perspective that I'm entering the autumn of my life:

  • Married to my best friend - tick;

  • Happy kids - tick;

  • Comfortable home - tick;

  • Business/vocation - tick;

  • No debt - tick;

  • Memories and achievements - tick;

  • In pretty good shape - tick.

I do need to remind myself sometimes that I spent most of my adult life worried by my own wants and often damaging myself (and others) in their pursuit. It has been a long journey.

If you could give the 25-year old version of yourself some advice - what would that be?

From me to me:

  1. Spend more time with family and friends;

  2. Do more stuff outdoors - exercise and travel;

  3. Write more;

  4. Invest in property.

Having created that list - it occurs to me - why not start now?

Especially as they are wants that require little or no worry.

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