Recently, my best friend’s nephew who was only two years old just passed away. The poor little baby boy was just fine and the next moment he lost his consciousness and after arriving to the hospital, his heartbeat stopped!
Prior to the tragedy, there was no big sickness or symptoms that worries. It is an unnatural death. Autopsy was performed, but doctor can only conclude that it was heart failure without any other reasons found. The family was desolated!
My friend who is always being cautious about his financial, suddenly confided in me that after this incident, he started thinking that life is so vulnerable and short, and maybe we should also just enjoy the current moment a bit more than what we do now.
One lament includes the saying that maybe we should just buy a big house with a nice sea view and enjoy the living with our loved ones, before it will suddenly become too late?
This episode also brings me back to seven years ago when I blogged on my second post “Life is unpredictable”, after my then broker just collapsed and died of brain stroke.
In that post, I also refer to Dennis Ng, a local Singaporean financial adviser who passed away at the age of 42 in 2012. Dennis is very frugal and always live within or below his means. Even though he is multimillionaire and founded several businesses, he continue to stay in HDB, and take “BMW” from home to work. BMW = Bus, MRT or Walk.
It left me wonder that if life is really that vulnerable?
Should we really be so calculative in planning our finance, being extremely frugal, saving every cents, and being worrisome about the extra dollars we are going to spend more? When perhaps one day, all these numbers does not matter anymore?
Yes, we are happy if we see the growing numbers on our portfolio or in our bank accounts!
That said, if I don’t spend it, it will only be a mere number that perhaps guard my continuous hidden pride within myself without doing anyone else good? Of course, we need to keep a part of it for rainy days, and unexpected events! This is common sense!
What I am saying is that sometimes from our over emphasis on money, there are too many times when we can make our own life, or the lives of our closed ones really miserable.
Perhaps we should spend and do treat the people around us good with our financial prowess?
Perhaps we should help those who is really in need? Our small donation can mean a lot to those who is in need of money for survival.
Perhaps we can have a treat for our family members and loved ones with some money spend?
After all, we come to this world naked and we will also leave naked.