The other day, I met and had a chance to talk to an old time friend and officemate. We used to work in the same bank in the Philippines. He was my partner in crime in discovering life, the exciting life of being young.
How exciting was it you may ask? Just imagine being in so many places at one night. I mean, from Makati Avenue, to Pasay Road to Pasong Tamo, to Taft Avenue, inside the Ermita-Malate area, to Binondo, the long stretch of Quezon Avenue to Timog to West Avenue and the Cubao Area then Samson Road and back to Quezon City. There were nights that we end up in the beaches of Cavite, Mindoro and Batangas or somewhere in Laguna or Tagaytay.
No, we were not just hopping and roaming the city and these places; we were enjoying and passing our nights away as if it was the last night of our lives. And oh my, this was all about Jackie. Yes, it was Jackie, the super woman. (Do not ask me who Jackie is. Please refer to this.)
Ah, those were the days. The days of being young and restless.
After recalling those trips to heaven (we thought it was at that time), we suddenly get back to reality. And as we get on to serious matters about family, kids, work and everything about life as opposed to the life we knew many years then, he asked me, Pare, how do you save?
How do I save was a tough question for me to answer when I was still young and restless but since my restlessness is restrained by responsibilities, I found an answer that somehow makes this question easier to answer.
My answer to his question is another question. It is “how much do you want to save?”
How do you save? How much do you want to save? Which do you think is the right question?
Here is something from Socrates quoted by Plato: The art of living easily as to money is to pitch your scale of living one degree below your means.