I do. When everyone else was splurging on new cars, big TVs and bigger houses, I went the cheap route. Sometimes I wish I hadn’t. You can’t take it with you, right?
Now John Tierney tells me that I suffer from hyperopia. It means you look so far into the future, and dread that things might go wrong, that you don’t enjoy the present. Then you end up regretting all the things you didn’t do.
I wish I had traveled more when I was younger. I wish I had bought a big house before the Housing Bubble and made a killing. I wish I was more of the Grasshopper spending for today and less of the Ant preparing for tomorrow. Maybe the uncertain life of a freelance writer has something to do with that.
Then again, there are a lot of Grasshoppers who are losing their homes. Maybe being an ant isn’t such a bad thing after all.