Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Mid Life

I moved into my new apartment this week at the World Tower. I'm on the 39th floor, which is effectively in the middle of the building but high enough that I can see the Blue Mountains. Totally awesome.

Hotel Howard

I'm anticipating a good number of guests in the coming months and I want everyone to feel at home at Hotel Howard. The apartment is a roomy 1 BR + Study + Sunroom + Balcony and covers 740 sq ft. I'm still working on furnishing the place, but so far so good. There will be a comfortable sofa+chaise, air mattress, and plenty of space to sleep and/or hang out. The apartment is expensive enough that I'm renting out the Sunroom to save several more hundred dollars a month, and it's a blessing that my roommate is a cool guy.

This sofa is ridiculously comfortable.

However, moving in Sydney is a pain in the ass. Everything is so expensive that I can see why people cram as many people as they can into an that nearly every unit in a building is a fire hazard. Let me recap a few of the items I've had to pay for just to move into my own place:
  • Phone + ADSL2+ installation - $80 to install, $80 to purchase the DSL modem, $20 deposit for phone calls, $60 for monthly service...hidden fee of $80 to pay an electrician to hook up the unit to the Main Distribution Frame...grand total of $320
  • Electricity - $115 a month paid in advance after calculating prior usage by former tenant, and adjusted every 3 months.
  • Furniture delivery - $120 from IKEA, $55 from Fantastic Furniture, and my manpower everywhere of $175
  • Gas - TBD
  • Washer + Fridge - Unfurnished here means UNFURNISHED...this cost me $575 for both
That's $1185 before adding any real furniture I've purchased! Even without the furniture deliveries, you're already out $1010 just to move to an unfurnished place.


I'm a bit hesitant to say how much I've spent to furnish the place so I'll refrain from doing so...but I figure since I'm a grown man at nearly 27 (wtf), single, and don't plan on buying a house or car anytime soon my money is being spent towards a more epicurean lifestyle...and it's pretty awesome. Don't get me wrong, I'm still saving a good chunk of change for the future but this is how I see it:

What's the point of saving most of your money only to spend it when you're old, have more responsibility (usually), and aren't as physically capable to do the things you could do when you were young? Money is like a cat, it comes and goes as it pleases and in the journey that is life, the one thing you never gain back is your youth. Isn't that the point of life? The pursuit of happiness, whatever that may be for each individual person.

Granted, some people may be happy just saving all their money for the future and I'd be insensitive if I didn't realize many people are not as fortunate as I have been, but for those who are in similar circumstances as me but feel like something is missing I have this to say:

Don't set obstacles for yourself or make up excuses to not do things you really want to do because you might be afraid...not afraid of failure, but afraid of success and how to handle it. You're in the prime of your life, and it would behoove you to take advantage of it.

“If we spend our time with regrets over yesterday, and worries over what might happen tomorrow, we have no today in which to live.”

Darling Harbour and ANZAC Bridge


At December 17, 2010 at 3:28 AM , Blogger Steve said...

yo, furnish it Japanese style and you won't have to spend much :)

At December 17, 2010 at 3:43 PM , Blogger rux said...

howa, fund your retirement early and hard. EARLY and HARD.


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