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Bagel vs. the Beach

Posted on February 07, 2018 by Ginger R.

I love bagels. So much so that the local bagel shop knows me by name and asks if I want “the usual” when I stop in. I also love spending time on the beach with my toes in the sand. What do these two things have in common? Nothing, but to do both, I have to find the right balance.

I recently bumped into a friend who had retired the previous year. We were doing the what-have-you-been-up-to song and dance and it turns out, he’s become quite the traveler. This year alone he has trips planned to Germany with his grandson, an adventure to the British Isles and a Mediterranean cruise with his wife. I was astonished. How was he managing all that on his retirement?

As we parted ways I watched him climb into his mid-90’s, faded out pickup truck and it hit me – it’s all about balance. Here was a man who could easily afford the newest vehicle with all the bells and whistles but instead, he chose to prioritize travel over daily luxuries.

Our brief conversation had me thinking about my daily bagel routine and my priorities. What was more important to me – a daily bagel or the opportunity to travel more? And when I did the math – holy smokes! – I could be saving almost $1,200 each year. Or to put it another way, the cost of a round-trip ticket to Spain.

It’s not about depriving yourself of small pleasures; it’s about achieving the right balance. What are your priorities? For me, I’m still going to treat myself to a bagel on occasion but now I’m also focusing on long-term goals – like Spain.

After all, life really is better in balance.