Do them if you want, but count me out

I’ve been reading a lot of bucket lists lately, as I was planning one for myself. What I found though was that there were many things that I simply don’t want to do.

So, here’s my short bucket list of 5 things that I will never do. Ever.

#1 — I will never have kids

Yes, I’m sure your kids are lovely and you’re glad you had them, but they are not for me.

Luckily, my wife doesn’t want little brats either. I’ve seen what they do to people. A work colleague had a child when he was around 45 years old. The sleepless nights aged him about 10 years in a few months. He looked dreadful.

Then there’s all the shit and puke to deal with. I can do without that, thanks.

It’s great that others love kids because I need them to pay my pension in years to come. But why do couples with kids keep trying to force/persuade my wife and me to have kids? I suspect it’s because they’re jealous.

They don’t like it when my wife and I go traveling for months. They don’t like it when we go out for a meal or a drink at a moment’s notice. And because of that, they want to make themselves feel better by inflicting the same punishment on us. I’m only half joking.

So, that’s a no from me.

Not having kids is also a massive financial saving. That’s not my reason for not wanting any, but it’s a nice bonus. Bank account: +$100,000.

#2 — I will never buy another car

I’ve owned four cars in my life. My first car was a secondhand Mini Clubman that cost me £500. Another car drove into the back of it and it was a write-off. I used the insurance money to buy another Mini. This was during my younger days when I was pretty broke. I didn’t have enough money for the insurance renewal, so I sold it.

Years late I bought a Ford Escort for £1,500. I needed it to get to work in a different city. I eventually sold it. I then needed another car for a different job. I think that one cost me around $7,000. I sold that eventually.

After that job came to an end, I lived in London. Owning a car there was a nightmare. I needed to pay an extortionate amount for a resident’s parking permit. Often, I had to park many streets away from my condo because the local authority seemed to issue more permits than there were parking spaces.

I remember driving to the local supermarket once. I drove around for 20 minutes looking for a parking space. I didn’t find one. I ended up having to drive back home to park the car. I then walked to the supermarket.

Then there were the endless repairs to deal with, new tires, servicing, tax, and insurance. There was always some car stress in my life.

For the last 25 years or so, I’ve always lived in big cities, so I don’t need a car at all. Having one would be a hindrance, not a help.

If I lived in the countryside, I’d need one, but I can’t ever see that happening. I love big cities and plan to always be living in one.

I have saved vast amounts of money by not having a car.

Bank account: +$100,000. This is based on what friends have spent on their cars over the years.

#3 — I will never ever have any toxic friends again

I’ve had a few toxic friends in my life. They drained my energy. But they were friends, so I stuck with them. Bad mistake.

Nowadays, I have a zero-tolerance attitude. Life is too short to put up with nonsense from other people. I have gathered a nice bunch of friends. They’re not perfect by any means, but neither am I. They’re not toxic though. They know that I just won’t put up with it.

I’m also quick to block toxic people on social media. Even if they’re toxic toward someone else, they’re gone. I just don’t want to see it.

#4 — I will never get married again

My wife is holding a gun to my head and forcing me to write this. Ha ha. Only kidding. I have a very happy marriage and would never want to get married to someone else.

Even if our relationship ended, I don’t think I’d want to get married again. Once in a lifetime is enough for me.

I don’t understand people that get married 4 or 5 times (or more). What’s the point? It seems like they’re more interested in the marriage ceremonies than in their partners.

Ok, darling, you can put the gun down now.

#5 — I will never work for an employer again

Those days of working for someone else are over for me. And they won’t be coming back.

I had some great jobs during my career, so I don’t have anything against working for others. If I was just starting out, I’d definitely want a similar career to what I had.

But I’ve moved on in life. I’m now financially independent and don’t need that type of work. I am also enjoying being a solopreneur. I can do what I want when I want. I don’t have to rely on others or ask their permission to do things. It’s a freedom that’s hard to give up once you’ve lived it.

What will you never do again in your life?