The Golden Gap years is that time period between graduating college and turning 30 and being a real human being, maybe. Its that time period before you are looked at as having no choice but to be an adult.
What are the Golden Gap Years? The Prime of your living.
As I make that change in my life from one time to another, I think about where I want to go, what I want to do, and how I am going to get there. I want the life that is worth living, that means somethings, and is done in a way that doesn’t compromise anything worth holding onto and appreciating. One song comes to mind when I think of the kind of life that this will be. The lyrics for the song don’t mean as much as the general vibe of the song. This is what I want out of life.
1. Gross $100,000 income.
This may be giving too much information about myself to say tag I haven’t yet been able to do this, but you guys only know my first name. So who cares? I have about a year and a half before I turn 30. That means that by the time I turn 30, I should be making an income that equals about 6-figures a year. That number has always been a buzz-word for finding decent success in a salaried job. Well, I don’t want a salary. I don’t want a job. I want a life that pays me to be of value to others and help our world run smoother and ultimately be a better place. Its time to live differently. But you still need money to live. So that is what I am going to do.
2. Rent a limo.
Having a personal and private limousine is a sign that you are able to treat yourself and look at yourself as a valuable person. Its a way to treat those who are close to you to a good time and make them all feel special as well. I want to be able to do this for those who have been good friends to me. I would like to reward them. With the internet set up the way it is now-a-days, its so easy to rent one, that I have no excuse not to when the opportunity presents itself! I friend of mine that lives in Chicago is a bit of a limo rental frequent flier. He told me about a website, NapervilleLimo.org, thats will call you immediately to tell you the fleet they have available for that night, only seconds after you put in your information on their website! Thats pretty neat, and certainly takes away any reason to not accomplish this goal the next time I find myself in the Windy City next to Lake Michigan!
3. Spend a weekend in Wrigleyville and watch a Cubs game from the roof seats outside the stadium.
As I mentioned, I have friends who live in Chicago. A few live in that wonderful place called Wrigleyville. Its like the Disney Land for all those in the Golden Gap Years of their life! I’ve been to Cubs games before, and always wondered what is was like to be those fans watching the game from outside of the stadium atop the buildings across the street. Do they get to wonder down to apartments or bars just inside when they go to take a break from the action? I’ve always wondered. I can’t wait to figure that one out.
4. Go on a whiskey tasting tour. I could do the Bourbon trail in Kentucky, or Chicago.
What American drinker doesn’t love whiskey? If you don’t, you may be American, you may be a drinker, but there is no way you are an American Drinker that does not enjoy a good Bourbon tasting. I am certainly one of those American Drinkers. And a bourbon tasting tour would be a dream day in heaven, that hopefully I remember most of it. Of course the obvious choice for bourbon tasting would be in Kentucky on the Bourbon Trail. However, after visiting the Naperville Limo website that I mentioned earlier, I realize that there are lots of great options for whiskey tasting around my favorite city, Chicago, as well! They offer an entire list of the options here on the Naperville Limo – Group Trips page. Either way, in Chicago or Kentucky, a day filled with nothing but whiskey and friends… sign me up!
5. Find my next home.
This is the portion of the list that starts to show the reality and not just the dream of being in those Golden Gap Years. I am ready to move. And I want my next place that I live to be in a nice area, with nice weather. It needs to have a great location in a downtown area that shows I am still young and have lots of exciting life left to live. It needs to be nice to show that I am doing well, that I have good taste, and will be able to take care of anyone else who thinks they may want to go on this journey with me. It needs to be a place that screams me, who I am, my personal style and influence. It needs to have everything that I need, and nothing that I don’t. I am ready to live the way that everyone dreams of living when they are old enough to understand, but young enough to still go big.
6. Find a good landscaper.
This REALLY shows my age with this goal right here. This may not apply to my next place that I move into. But by the time that I find my next, next place, this will be a must! So much of a man and his family is said by the way that is yard looks. How well is it kept? How disciplines is he, and how much does he care about his image to the community? This is all said by how the property a man owns looks. So a great landscaper is a huge must. I know I won’t have all the know how or the time to do it all myself. But I damn sure will have the money to hire the very best to make me and my family look the very best. Looking for top notch landscapers to do top not work, or the top notch house in the neighborhood. Put it all on the list!
7. Go to Germany.
I want to see the world. I want to visit every corner. I have some good friends who live in Germany that would make this the best 1st option to begin my journeys. They live in the country, tucked away in the mountains in a modern mansion. Its the kind of things that dreams and Disney movies are made of. I plan to visit them soon. Probably as soon as this fall. If I do, plan on seeing lots of pictures posted on this blog from my journeys.
8. Find a good dentist.
You never really realize how important your teeth are to your overall personal image and self image until you start to have issues with them. Not to say I have issues with them, but dating a girl with picture perfect teeth reminds me that a good dentist is key when it comes around to family time. I want my kids to have all the advantages in the world. A picture perfect smile is a huge advantage for anyone that can obtain one. So a great dentist for my future family is high on the list!
9. Buy more flowers for women.
They’re beautiful. They smell good. They make people smile. And they make people feel better. Granted, a lot of the times flowers get sent, it is because one person has done something wrong. So that is not the goal I am going after. I am going after the idea that flowers should be sent more often, just because. Because they are a very positive thing that should be used more often just for that purpose! And if I am in a relationship with someone, I am in it because I care about them enough to let them know just to let them know that they are special. So more flowers it is. Why not?
10. Go to more events.
What is the purpose of making money unless you are using it to experience things that most other people don’t get to experience? The Super Bowl, the Kentucky Derby, the Indianapolis 500, The NBA Finals, AllStar weekends… these are all events that very few people get to be a part of in a unique way. I want to be able to do all of them. I want to live the life that people write novels about and others want to read as entertainment! And it all starts by placing yourself in situations that others want to be in. Go to the BIG events.
11. Pay off all my Student Loans and other debt.
This seems like it should be #1. But #1 would allow me to accomplish this goal as well. This is also a goal that is very much a sign of the times and what my generation generally has to deal with when they finish college. More often then not, my generation faces no real employment and high student debt by the time they walk and get their diploma. Many people my age are still at least 10 years away from student loan debt freedom, maybe more! Well, I will not let that be the case for me. BY the time I am 30, I want all of my income to be able to go towards living now or saving for the future. Not paying for the past.
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