Polyester and Pink Flamingoes
by Nikki Willhite
They say that you spend the first half of your life buying
things, and the second half giving them away. For most people, I
think this is true. There comes a point in your life when comfort is paramount, and
material possessions lose importance. I call this the "Polyester and Pink Flamingos" stage of life.
You are like a train going uphill. Eventually you will reach the
apex of the hill. From this vantage point, you see things a lot
more clearly. You will have a better realization of what is
really important in life. Comfort will be more important than fashion. Security will trump
possessions. Possessions that are not used become clutter and a
You are now thinking of the future when you will not be earning
income. You wish you had purchased fewer items and saved more
money. The things that bring you the most happiness are the memories of
time spent with family and friends, and hugs from your grandchildren.
DOES THIS SOUND LIKE THE TWILIGHT ZONE TO YOU?
I can see where it would, but as a woman who has been around the
block a few times, and reached that apex, I can tell you that
things look different from the top of the hill.
Don't fill your final years with regret over money wasted on
unnecessary purchases or services. Those expensive manicures are
going to be meaningless to you someday. You are going to wish
you had the invested the money. Live a simple, yet comfortable life. Be wise with your money. Value
the energy of your youth, and prepare now to enjoy the coming days of "Polyester
and Pink Flamingos."