A Balanced Life

Nov 24, 2021

To have a balanced life or not to have a balanced life. That is the question. There is a minority who prefer a life that’s unbalanced, but that option doesn’t appeal to everyone. But a well-balanced life is a worthwhile objective for the majority of the population.

So how do you define what a well-balanced life looks like?

It’s a life that has all the resources and activities that you most desire. It largely avoids feelings of sacrifice. It’s for regular people that want to enjoy all aspects of life, rather than focusing on one thing. 

In short, a balanced life contains everything you want it to contain.

Balanced lives have several things in common:

  1. Finances. If you’re struggling to pay your bills, your life isn’t balanced. If you can’t do the things you most want to do for financial reasons, your life isn’t balanced. Can you afford school supplies? A new transmission? Do you spend all of your waking hours trying to make enough money?

  2. Transportation. Can you get where you need to be when you need to be there? Transportation can take the form of walking, public transportation, ride services, friends, or your own vehicle.

  3. Friends. You might need ten friends, or one might be plenty. However, we all need at least one friend. You can’t do everything alone.

  4. Health. Poor health can quickly take the wind out of your sails. A well-balanced life includes a healthy mind and body. While your health isn’t 100% under your control, you have more control over it than you’ve probably been exercising.

  5. Time. If you don’t have enough free time, your life isn’t well-balanced. How much free time do you need? That’s up to you. However, if you don’t have time to do the things you really want to do, you don’t have enough.

  6. Fun. Everyone needs to have some fun once in a while. Can you quickly answer the question, “What do you do for fun?”? If not, you have some work to do.

  7. Personal growth. Progress is part of enjoying life. We feel great when we’re making progress. How have you grown and changed in the last six months?

  8. Career. Money is one thing. Your career is another. Though, they can be closely related. If you make plenty of money but hate how you make it, your life could be better.

Do you have a balanced life? It’s easy to know. Do you have the money and time to take care of yourself, your family, and to do the things you most want to do? Do you have the social life you desire? Do you have enough time in your week to have fun and grow personally? Do you enjoy your career?

You already know if your life is balanced or not. If it’s not, what are you going to do to re-balance it?