My son has just left Priestnall, and yet it only seems like two minutes since he started. I honestly don’t know where the time has gone. We have photos of him on his first and last days but the bit in the middle is just a blur. Due to the nature of my job, I do think about this a lot, but recently I’ve been dwelling on the need to make the most of the minuscule amount of time (in the grand scheme of the universe) that we each have on this planet. Time passes so quickly, and we only get one stab at this. It’s a cliche but life is definitely not a rehearsal.
“We want all of our clients to reach that ripe old age, look back and say, “We gave life a good go!”
One thing that I’ve always said since we started Claritas is that I’m adamant that none of my clients will get to a ripe old age, having amassed a stack of money but with regrets about the things they didn’t do, looking back and saying: “What was that all about then?”. Whatever we want to do with our lives, we need to get on and do it, but there are often financial implications. In my experience, many of my clients have been able to spend a disproportionate amount of their money in the early years of their retirement – or even in the run-up to retirement. There is often no need to starve on the way to the feast! The ‘old world’ view of working hard and being careful in the run-up to retirement in order to start enjoying yourself in your 60s is, in my opinion, somewhat outdated. Apart from everything else, you may not even get there – as recent events have rather sharply brought into focus. I’m not saying that you should spend money for no reason, just that you should decide what’s important to you and spend your money (and, even more importantly, your time) on whatever that is. This could be things that you’ve always wanted to do yourselves, or life changing gifts for your children or grandchildren. We can help you work out what’s affordable and sensible, taking into account the amount of money you have and your desired lifestyle. We want all of our clients to reach that ripe old age, look back and say, “We gave life a good go!”. I’ve been advising some of my clients for over 20 years and so far it’s going pretty well! If you’d like a chat, please do get in touch.