It’s an exciting time when children get to celebrate the moment their parents retire. I envisioned my dad using his new-found time to travel the world, sit on the porch with his long-time friends as they swapped tales or simply do whatever his heart led him to do.
As my dad was preparing to slide into the home base of retirement, however, he was diagnosed with cancer. As an adult, I understand that life ebbs and flows. It’s one of the primary reasons I’m dedicated to the process of helping others to prepare financially. While his diagnoses occurred over a year ago and he’s progressing positively, it has opened my mind even more to the importance of giving things to those I love that go beyond money.
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When I was a little girl, my dad worked the third shift. This meant he arrived home around 6:00 or 7:00 a.m. Even at that hour, he would take the time to look over my school projects and suggest ways to make them better. He was always there when I needed help.
We also went on camping trips all the time. That’s where my love for the great outdoors came from, as well as the belief that enjoyable experiences don’t require a huge price tag. My father gave his time in ways that were impactful, ways that didn’t cost much money but brought our family together. His love showed through with every sacrifice he made for us, as well as a sense of humor that could always bring a smile to my face.
This year, I’m giving my dad something completely free for Father’s Day: my time. As someone that loves the work I do, it can be difficult for me to put it down. Though I’ve learned to curb this over time, I still find that even during my greatest attempts to get out of work mode, I am thinking of ways I can better serve my clients. That said, I won’t be penciling Dad into my schedule as another to-do on my list of things to accomplish.
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While work can earn me money, it can’t gift me back the time with someone that is very dear to me. There’s still so much to learn from him, memories to create, laughs to be had that make us double over and stream tears of joy. Simply, there’s just more life to live.
As you map out your life, think about the ways you can give more of yourself to the people that bring you joy. You’ll find that money becomes less of an obstacle when you explore the importance of paying closer attention to the things and moments that money cannot buy.
As a financial expert, my goal is to ensure that my clients manage their finances in a way that provides more opportunities to enjoy their lives. Taking those family vacations, visiting with college friends and flying out to visit parents, these things all have a price tag — but the memories that we make are priceless.
I’m so thankful that I have a father who taught me the things that matter most in life: family, laughter and togetherness. I believe we all can give more of ourselves by consciously investing time into our close relationships.
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