“Nothing Really Matters. Anyone can see. Nothing really matters. Nothing really matters to me.” — Harry Sit, The Finance Buff
Freddie Mercury may have reached this conclusion before the My Financial Toolbox author did, but if Queen’s lead singer were still alive, they’d be seeing eye-to-eye.
Saying that nothing matters may be going a bit too far, but Harry’s got a great point that life can be simpler and easier if you approach things in a way that make the little details matter less and less. For example, I field quite a few questions about what to do if you took some alternate approach to the backdoor Roth or didn’t follow the steps as outlined. I don’t usually have the answer because when you do it the same way every year, the what-ifs simply do not matter.
This Friday Feature was first published on The Finance Buff.
I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions but I decided to make this my ongoing resolution for the foreseeable future: Make Fewer Things Matter. This dawned on me when I learned how to cut a pineapple.
I grew up in a northern climate. Because transportation wasn’t very good back then, pineapples were a rare treat. Whenever I saw them as a kid, they were cut by the purveyors into this delicate spiral shape. I always had two impressions of pineapples: (a) they were expensive; and (b) they were difficult to cut.
I saw pineapples around last Christmas in a grocery store with a big sign: $2. I thought I’d spring for a treat for only $2. There goes my first wrong impression from childhood. Pineapples aren’t that expensive.
The next step was to learn how to cut it. Naturally, I went to YouTube and I watched the first video from the search.
To my big surprise, it was amazingly easy to cut a pineapple.
How come I got the impression they’re difficult to cut? YouTube’s autoplay feature served up the next video:
Now a light bulb went off. It’s not difficult to cut a pineapple. It’s only difficult when you want to maximize the amount of flesh. If you don’t care about maximizing the result, you can enjoy pineapples much more easily.