It’s been hard to write about money – mostly because I have now quit my job, packed up my stuff, and gotten ready to clear out my savings to pay for the first year of business school. In short, it’s been a lot of cash OUTFLOW and a bare trickle of cash inflow. I also found out that I was rejected for a pre-MBA workshop that I interviewed for. Even though I know it’s still very early in the process, that rejection made me a little nervous about the whole recruiting / going-without-income / taking-out-loans stage that I am about to embark on.
On a tangentially related note, in past 3 months, I’ve had an acquaintance and her fiance die in a car accident and the husband of a middle school friend pass away from acute leukemia. I just found out that one of my distant cousins succumbed to breast cancer, barely two years after diagnosis. These people died when they were around my age. Then, last night, my mom’s friend called her and said she just got notified by the police: her husband was killed on his commute back from work.
Which brings me to this question – what is all this worrying about money and saving FOR? Obviously, we need money to lead a comfortable life, and we need to save money so that we can be comfortable when we are older and no longer capable of working. Yet all this planning ahead doesn’t change the fact that life can change in an instant.