Anonymous User wrote: Anonymous User wrote: Anonymous User wrote: 1styearlateral wrote:
I agree that the COL is outstanding in those cities. However, I lived in Pittsburgh for several years and really, it gets old after a while. I can only imagine Cleveland is the same or worse. At least in NYC or other coastal cities, when you have free time, you have an unlimited list of things to do and places to go that you couldn't complete in ten lifetimes let alone one.
I'll probably get destroyed on these forums for this, but: My philosophy is you only have one life, and you can't spend half of it saving for the future. I have friends who still live at home claiming they're doing so to save money so they'll have "tons of cash when they're older." So what. Who cares if you have tons of cash if you're too old to spend it. Enjoy life now while you can while keeping a roof over your head.
1) You're never too old to spend money
2) Live lavishly now and live like a pauper when you're old and have no upside to society? Nah.
3) You can enjoy life while saving for the future. Growth and compounded interest. I'd rather save and live twice as lavishly in two decades.
As someone that lives in NYC, I can say that living here is not "enjoying life" if you enjoy good, fresh food at reasonable prices, the ability to get out into nature and go biking or hiking on a regular basis, work a less demanding schedule and work on side-projects or side businesses. I work too much, subways are terrible, everything is expensive and other than the food and the music, there isn't much more to do (and I have dozens of friends that live here). If you are someone that just likes "living the high life" then sure, NYC is great, but otherwise, it's sort of a cesspool. I actually find myself bored here since I'm trying to keep my lifestyle in check and there are only so many times I can go to the Hayden Planetarium or the MOMA.
No hate- but damn it's so funny how Americans that grew up in western society think they are not "enjoying life" because they don't get to buy 10lbs of organic kale and go on long nature hikes with their Yuppie friends. They don't get to go to the museum every weekend. They have to save money and can't go drink microbrews at a hipster tavern.
Since when did everyone start to think that life wasn't designed for work, and that happiness is an entitlement at all times?
Our country is going to shit
Haha wtf are you even talking about. First of all, in terms of my love of the outdoors, being able to get outside is a way of helping a lot of people deal with stress and get connected to the world around them (rather than their phones or TV). I never felt more at peace then when I was hiking and camping and relying on myself to make sure things got done around a campsite. Wanting to be able to actually afford to buy a house with a yard so I can grill and work on DIY projects is a bad thing? You sound like a typical shithead boomer partner that values work and status over living a simpler and happier life.
Also, wanting to be able to afford fresh food without paying $15 bucks for a shitty salad and wanting to be able to get outside without paying $50 bucks for trains or car rentals (or sharing a field with a thousand other people in CP) seems pretty reasonable to me. And who the hell is any person to say what life is designed for? If I want to fart around and "hike all day with my yuppie friends" then that is my choice. I have friends that are far smarter than anyone I met in law school or in my firm that work what most here would consider shitty jobs so they have the time to play music and tour .... are they ruining the country?
Also, if you are saying that I should think about people in poorer places in the world and consider myself lucky, I definitely do. I'm a lucky motherfucker. But most Americans probably don't compare their standards of living with third world countries and so I don't think I need to do that either when thinking about things that make me happy.