12 years ago I was making three times what Iím making now. I paid taxes. I still pay taxes, but not nearly what I was 12 years ago. I wish I could pay more, because...
...do you know what else I was doing 12 years ago?
1. Taking two vacations (real ones) a year with my son. Nothing too fancy. Fishing, hiking, camping, etc. to different states. Stops to historic sites and the occasional amusement park.
2. Taking road trips on a regular basis. Nothing to do? Hell, letís jump in the car and see where we end up for the weekend.
3. Going to movies. In a theater.
4. Going out to dinner. Nice dinners where I had to actually wear something besides jeans.
5. Buying birthday presents for damn near everyone I knew, and didn't know.
6. Giving money to charity. Much more than I do now.
7. Driving a new car that didnít scare the hell outta me every morning on my way to work.
8. Helping out friends and family when they needed it.
9. Going to a doctor thanks to a super awesome health insurance plan that included vision and dental. Iíd even go when there was nothing wrong with me just to make sure I was all good. Thatís how I found out I had cancer. Well check. Awesome lifesaving miracle.
10. Eating healthy. My son would actually complain if I had to work late and we ordered a pizza. Eating healthy tasted good and made us feel better. It was also really expensive.
11. Buying clothes. I didnít have to do laundry twice a week because I ran out of things to wear. I even had a functional winter coat that fit.
12. Going to a gym twice a week. I miss that the most, I think.
13. Not worrying about how to pay the bills. I knew Iíd have plenty left over.
Thatís the sad 13. Despite paying Ďmoreí taxes I still had plenty left to do what I wanted and needed. Donít try to tell me that some twit with millions stashed in international accounts is going to suffer if he/she needs to cough up a few thousand more in taxes. Thatís insane. Sickening, really.
Iíd be happy to join that higher tax bracket once again. I really, really need a vacation.