I hope everyone is getting sometime this week to enjoy friends, family, and good food!
This is my favorite time of year (cliché I know!). And, it is not because of gifts and presents.
It’s because people tend to be more reflective, thankful, giving and gracious. Characteristics I wish more people would carry throughout the year, instead of just for a few weeks.
I want people to realize how good we have it.
I wrote a similar post back in September after I got back from Bali. Read more: WE HAVE IT SO GOOD.
The Global Rich List
This website will prove how good we have it. If you go to this website you can find exactly where you stand in terms of both income and wealth globally. It’s the Global Rich List.
I don’t consider myself rich at all, but I am ranked in the top 5.03% for personal wealth and the top 0.11% for annual income (FYI I make less than $80,000 a year).
This list really puts everything into perspective!
We really are rich, and we take it for granted every day.
Certain parts of the world have no real concept of retirement, let alone early retirement. They work hard every day trying to make just a basic living for themselves and their family.
They don’t have savings or retirement funds. Their employers don’t offer 401(k)s or pensions.
They have to start working at a young age and continue working until they are unable to, and then usually rely on children and other family members to take care of them in old age.
So, we all should feel truly thankful that we can aspire to retire at all, let alone reach financial independence and early retirement (FIRE).
So Here’s Is What I Am Thankful For (in no particular order):
- My health
- My family and friends
- My amazing work family
- My ability to vote and let my voice be heard
- My ability to work and support myself (especially as a single/divorcee woman)
- My ability to volunteer my time and money to help others