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Chapter 24. The Freedom Plan > 8. Don’t worry about what friends or family memb...

8. Don’t worry about what friends or family members say or think about your choices.

Make your choices based on the life plan that you put into place for yourself and your family and don’t worry about what other people say or think. For years, some of my friends would chide me about my one-bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I suppose it wasn’t as luxurious as my job level would have called for, and I wasn’t “keeping up” with my friends’ lifestyles (or debt), at least in this way. I’ve always been very happy in my home and neighborhood and whenever I did look at real estate I could not see spending hundreds of thousands more to have a balcony the size of a table.

I have always worn nice clothes, but I won’t spend $1,000 on a suit or $450 on a pair of strappy sandals that would go out of style the next season or break my ankle in this one. This spending did not suit my sensibility even though I could afford it and even though I enjoyed and admired their beauty. I willingly spend serious money on art, kitchen and tabletop, jewelry, furniture, or other items that I will enjoy for the long term. I take great vacations and dine out regularly. Another person might opt for the high-priced clothing versus a quick trip to the Caribbean, and another might decide they must have both. You make the choices and decide on the compromises that will get you to goal. These decisions did not feel like compromises to me, though. I was simply making a choice to always have choice. Your friends will stay your friends and they will revel in your happiness as you make changes in your life.


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