Running the Frugal Race for 2013
Standing at the finish line with a handful of mothers, I wait and then cheer our friends and families as they cross the finish line. A half marathon, the idea of family friends, is in process. Young and some older are running or biking this thirteen mile trail and some like myself are waiting to cheer them on as this race is completed.
Most of the mothers are patiently waiting, but one of us is running this race by the side of a daughter. As the race progresses, we find out that the trail is hard to follow and some, my friend included, found themselves to be lost. Now as we see her cross the finish line knowing the extra challenges she faced along the way, we cheer loud and with gusto. And as she crosses the line, I think many thoughts to myself about this woman friend who is a living epistle to me and one of my heroes.
You see, I have seen my friend smile when I would cry, do the next thing when I would be overwhelmed, and persevere when I would want to call it a day. I tell my special friend that I want to be just like her when I grow up even though I am years older. Watching her this day the realization hits that there are not enough years left in my life to accomplish my goal. This friend runs her life race like few I know.
As we wait for others to cross the line, I think of how this race defines much of the frugal life for me. Some of the participants ran fast and sure, trail followed carefully and with an excellent time. Some were confused and ran too long before realizing they were running in a circle. Finally, with some advice and care many found the right path. Others were so lost that they found it wise to stop, find a place of shelter, and then call for rescue with hopes of again running another day.
As this new years begins and many start or continue their frugal journey towards a debt free life or just seeking to be faithful to live within your means, I cheer you on with some advice. If you have finished your race in record time and found the path to follow, now find another to walk beside and cheer and share your frugal wisdom. If you are the one who feels like you are running the frugal race in circles, do as my special friend and persevere, get some advice, and keep on running. If you are one overwhelmed or discouraged or who just sees that the trail is too dim for you this day, stop and seek some help through a friend, blog, or financial book and be better prepared to run the race another day. But be sure to keep running!
May 2013 be a great frugal year for all of you!