Originally Posted by Pexring
Very well said. My thinking totally. I turn 50 next year and I too am self-employed and have a heck of a time taking any trip longer than a week. But I don't want to wait until I finally have enough money to retire and hope my body is still in good shape. Longer trips and perhaps even full-timing is in our future sooner than later!
I'm turning 55 this year and I feel exactly the same way - Work is taking up my whole life, and want to enjoy some of it while we still have good health.
Have had a few friends and co-workers with tragic health issues - Bad news could only be one Dr's appointment (or emergency visit) away. Yes sometimes the things you love doing take extra effort or slap you with excessive financial burden, but if it brings you pleasure and happiness it is worth it.
I just had to replace my transmission in my class A - Sure it hurt the bank acct, but it won't stop me from enjoying our outings. When things go south, I think of it as a challenge to over come and prevail.
We can always make more money, but we can't make more time - Enjoy what you have left.