In an effort to help the environment, I went shopping for a tumbler that would hold my water for classes. Usually, I'll buy a box of 500ml bottles of mineral water per 2 weeks for class usage. Which is 48 bottles per month. Sigh.
I do recycle them but somehow, in my own mind, if I use a tumbler, I can just use a mini electric kettle to boil water or buy the big big bottle of mineral water, a 5 liter jug that can see me through when I have no other water supply.
I drink way more than that, but this is for my drinking water in class (I drink a lot).
So I was browsing through the tumblers, oooh and ahh-ing at the designs till I came across a red one that had this quote printed:
Chase your passion, not pension.
*raises a brow, purse my lips slightly*
I just have a lot of problems with that statement.
First of all, there's nothing wrong in doing what you're passionate about and hey, if it happens to help give you the financial support you'll surely need in your life, even better.
But, not many can chase their passion and earn a living. Oh I know, don't give me the "Don't let money and capitalism rule your life Hanis." talk. You'll need money set aside for your retirement time, the most important factor being your health.
I took Pensions last semester and the few reasons your pension is important has nothing to do with capitalism. It has to do with survival. You know, health cost, increasing living cost, inflation, etc.
Do not give me the "My kids will help me" excuse.
Your parents will help you - Excuse when you're younger.
Your kids will help you - Excuse when you're older.
To the people who think this, are you that pathetic? Is that the reason you got parents and kids? Grow a freaking back bone and try to be independent. Do not put their assistance as Plan A. Heck, not even Plan J.
There's few ways I can see that might give you the excuse to chase your passion, not pension.
1. You're from a rich rich family with parents who don't care that you'll be a freeloader.
2. You got a BIG trust fund.
3. You won't mind being a hobo with an infested leg.
4. Somehow, your passion helps you make tons of money.
To put it simply: Your passion might not help you pay for that prothestic leg when you get a foot cut off due to diabetics when you're 60.
Even the healthiest people get heart attacks.
I'll end this with my version of the quote.