Over the last few months you may have noticed that our articles have addressed:
- adult children caring for elderly parents and the issues related to that; then,
- parents having to support adult children and the issues that parents face because of that.
Having written a book called “A Man Is Not A Plan,” it is an easy transition to say, “A parent is not a plan, a child is not a plan; and neither is your boss, your government, your girlfriend, your spouse, your bartender. No one should be your plan. The plan is YOU.
As we celebrate the month of Independence Day, we need to reaffirm our independence. Life can often intervene with problems. Things happen. Some by choice and some by chance; and we need to be independent enough to handle whatever comes along. Now this does not mean we can’t ask for help. But being independent means preparing in advance; and asking for help before the need arises.
The greatest sense of Independence comes from knowing what you know and knowing what you don’t know…
Ask for help to learn how you can be financially independent. Ask for help to do your budgeting and plan your finances. Ask for help to develop your Estate Plan. Ask for help to address family issues. Find Resources to affirm your life plans.
The greatest sense of Independence comes from knowing what you know and knowing what you don’t know; while knowing who the people are that know what you don’t.
In the lazy days of summer it is a good time to assert your independence by mapping out the plans for your life. That way you don’t need to have a man, a woman, a cousin, as sibling, a parent, a child, a government, or yes…even your bartender be your plan.
The best person to be your plan is YOU.
Happy Independence to YOU!
Mary Grace Musuneggi