I just finished assembling that 8″ dobsonian telescope with which I’ll be able to see planets of our solar system, but also deep space stellar objects like galaxies, clusters or nebulas.
I’m realizing one of my childhood’s dream! In fact, to be honest my dream was also to build it with my hands but since it would have cost me more and that I don’t really have time for that right now (and haven’t found that time over the past 15 years) I thought that buying it would be a great way to stop postponing a project I had since so long.
It’s a huge expense (525$) and I thought I should talk about it because, in this community of dividend growth investors, we are usually talking a lot about saving like crazy (I saved more than 12,000$ since the beginning of 2015) and investing but not that much about buying anything else other than stocks… spending over 500$ on a telescope in a single month is sure a huge expense!
But for me, this journey is about getting rich, monetary speaking but also intellectually speaking. It is also a journey about realizing my dreams and giving me the means to do so. The most important one being to reach financial freedom. It is though really important not to forget to live the present even though freeing ourselves from the rat race is of most importance. One never knows when his life will end. I made a lot of sacrifices over the last two years to realize my dreams. I will still have to make a lot of sacrifices to reach financial independence for my 45th birthday. I thought that for once, I could put money in an object that will not bring me any income but that will sure bring me a lot of new knowledge.
When I first started, my bucket list had only one element : get out of the rat race ASAP! I was like a dead man walking. I had no dreams other than that. I was like a broken prisoner who knew that he would be a slave forever and that with a full time job and three weeks of permission per year, he wouldn’t be able to have the time to see much of the world before leaving this planet.
Two years have passed (I started my french blog in june 2013) and my list slowly got longer and longer. From one item on the list, it became ten, then a hundred and now I could propably make a list of a 1000 things to do before dying.
Becoming an amateur astronomer has been one of them for decades!
I see that telescope as an investment in my knowledge but also as a mind opener. To take the time to look at the stars will sure open me new horizons in my life. I’ll be able to discuss with people in a new community, learn my sky, see all the marvels the universe has to offer and it will occupy some evenings too. It’s a one time fee for a life long of free knowledge and fun.
My girlfriend and family are all anxious to come do some sky observation with me. Unfortunately the sky is grey and will be grey for the next couple of days. Fortunately enough, dividend growth investing has made me practice delayed gratification a lot so I’ll be able to wait!