“I’ll be happy when…” is a sentence that has all the makings of an elaborate trap we create for ourselves.
There’s always a trade-off between the now and the future. Saving money is an example of that trade-off, it is a hedge against uncertainty.
But if those trade-offs come at the cost of creating a sense of perpetual unhappiness and longing for a future that may or may not play out as we imagine (and let’s face it – does it ever?), they’re not worth it. Worse, it is a slippery slope.
“I’ll be happy when” is a trap best avoided. And the best way to avoid it is to pick trade-offs that we’re happy making now.