Life is Free! Well, Cheaper with Age Anyway.

Industry Observer with Living in the Pacific


While commenting on a particular blog in a different forum, I sided with the blogger's own personal dissatisfaction in generating income with something he really loves doing...Blogging.  As I shared my love of earning an income in something I really enjoyed doing (real estate), I realized something about myself. It's not about an idea that just surfaced, but about a hidden desire that has been burning deep within me for a very long time.

The desire for less money? Yes, that's it! 

For many years, I only understood the need for more money. It always seemed there was never enough, and when there was, we all needed more. For me, the "more with less' mantra has arrived within and has attached itself to my own fulfillment of life. Over time, I've learned that life it is not all about owning a huge home or the number of cars, motorhomes, (sailboat), and luxury items that one accumulates. It's really about family, friends, relationships, sunrises (and sunsets), and most importantly, healthy living, and it can be easily disguised with a false sense of security by the posession of material things.

As "tried" as I am in the real estate business, I am at that point in my career where if I am the chosen one (for real estate transactions), then I will accept that I was selected based on past performance and/or experience. If not, it doesn't matter anymore. I am okay with winding down. I have no need to be a top producer anymore (I have also learned that good customer service is sacrificed with top production status) and will work hard for those who select my services.  

My real reason: For the exact opposite reason of needing more money. Life can become very hum drum working for the next all-mighty dollar, only to give more of it away and to spend on things we really don't need.  From time to time, I reel in my common sense and analyse the how's and why's, and only recently did I realize that nothing was registering on my quality of life meter. We work, we earn, we spend....and in many cases it's simply not healthy, IMO. In addition to the listing and selling of real estate, I have also found blogging to be self satisfying, to a point, and sometimes it feels like it has become obligatory. I arrived at a point in my online presence that I became saturated with these obligations and then realized that it was not returning $$$ commensurate with the amount of time I was spending
cranking out all this superfluous garb. After many years of building my online presence, I have slowly begun to dis-assemble my cyber exposure. And I'm enjoying the equivalent satisfaction of winding down.

So I have chosen the path to more relaxation and less work. I simply don't need more than I need to be content. Being content with working hard at something with only the expectation of success is pure insanity. To me, contentment is not in the material things that we can accumulate in life. Hell, it takes more work just to keep up with it all. These days, I'm mostly content with giving advice for free. I might as well, as I'm not using it anymore!

Besides, I have relaxation on my mind and it doesn't cost as much as I thought!

Since the time of posting this original article, I officially retired from the business of real estate in 2013, have built a home on Samar Island in Philippines. We also share our some of our time in a condo on Guam. I can now affirm that relaxation really doesn't cost as much as working for a living!

Posted by


  Randy Landis, Overseas Retirement Consultant.


         Visit my Retirement Blog




Comments (11)

Edward & Celia Maddox
The Celtic Connection Realty - Queen Creek, AZ

It is ture, you can never acchieve the goal of making enought money.  Best to live with what you really need, enjoy some of the hours.

Feb 13, 2012 03:36 AM
Doug Rogers
RE/MAX Coastal Properties - Destin, FL
Your Real Estate Resource!

I have friends and family that spent their whole life in pursuit of money. Most found it at some level. I feel sorry for them.

Feb 13, 2012 04:56 AM
Randy Landis
Living in the Pacific - Tupelo, MS
Life is Good in the Tropic Shade!

Ed & Celia ~ I'm learning to adjust.


Doug ~ You are right and in retrospect, many people don't realize it soon enough. 


Feb 13, 2012 06:04 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Randy..... there's something to be said for relaxing and being content with what we have....the struggle to have more is not necessary.... there are many other challenges to address in life, if challenges are on the agenda to satisfy and complete a life style....

Aug 01, 2014 08:34 PM
Randy Landis
Living in the Pacific - Tupelo, MS
Life is Good in the Tropic Shade!

Barbara, I feel sorry that some folks will never come to this realization. Happiness is not a material thing. 


Aug 04, 2014 05:23 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Randy, I absolutely LOVED this post. Start to finish. You've been featured in Tuesday Travelogue in 

Travelers in the Rain


Vineyard at Forest Grove-Gayle Rich-Boxman Copyrighted All Rights Reserved 2014

Aug 26, 2014 12:26 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Good for you Randy!  I know so few Realtors who've actually retired.  Most of us go until we die.

Aug 26, 2014 12:56 PM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Interesting post Randy and a lot of it resonates with me. Our local joke here in Renton is if you are of a certain age and you were born and raised here, then you are the living definition of frugality! Most of us had immigrant grandparents and first generation parents.  All kidding aside, your points are well taken.

I live in a condo... For the last two years I've been getting rid of stuff. If I don't really use it, then it's gone. I crave simple and love time to ponder the universe, read, write, and make music. That's what makes me happy! Great post!

Aug 26, 2014 02:58 PM
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Randy, Great post and message. Money can only buy you things. A life is what we all should strive for.

Aug 28, 2014 01:36 AM
Randy Landis
Living in the Pacific - Tupelo, MS
Life is Good in the Tropic Shade!

Thanks to all the recent comments. I'll have you all know that I've learned something really important since my retirement...that I missed a lot of beautiful sunsets while I was working so hard!  


Sep 01, 2014 09:16 AM
Randy Landis
Living in the Pacific - Tupelo, MS
Life is Good in the Tropic Shade!

Gayle ~ Thank you for your admiration and accolade.

Sep 01, 2014 09:18 AM