Don't be stingy about celebrating your good life while you can.
Marriage is a beautiful, life-changing experience for every Singaporean. We’re not making an argument against getting married. But with all the social pressure to tie the knot, it feels like it’s the only benchmark against which our success gets measured.
We should remember that there are other personal, professional, and financial milestones worth celebrating. And the more you celebrate, the more life becomes worth celebrating.
So here’s a gentle reminder of what you can accomplish besides (or in addition to) getting married:
1. Getting a Promotion at Work
There’s nothing quite as validating and rewarding as receiving a promotion. It won’t be smooth sailing from here on, but it’s great sign that your career is moving forward as planned.
2. Accepting a Job Outside Your Comfort Zone
Whether you’ve entered a new industry or relocated to a foreign city, venturing outside your comfort zone will fast-track your personal and professional growth.
3. Traveling Alone for the First Time
It’s a brave first step into the world. And without the company of friends or family, you can have a truly immersive adventure that will transform your life.
4. Getting Your Own Mobile Plan
And realizing that when you’ve gone over your data cap, there are no more family arguments to be had.
5. Surviving a Devastating Breakup
Especially if you learn to find strength and growth from the experience and refuse to let it destroy you.
6. Having an Emergency Fund
Saving up at least 6 months’ salary for your emergency fund is no easy feat. Now make sure you actually use it for REAL emergencies.
7. Going On Your First Vacation With Your Significant Other
One that you paid entirely on your own, without help from your parents and without going into debt.
8. Owning Your First Credit Card (Not a Supplementary Card From Your Parents)
Owning a credit card is a major first step towards learning financial responsibility and building a healthy credit score. You can compare credit cards in Singapore using SingSaver.com.sg's comparison tools.
9. Finishing Law School, Medical School, or Getting Your Master’s Degree
This wasn’t an easy path, and you should be extremely proud of yourself for making it this far.
10. Taking Your Parents on a Vacation
After decades of raising you and giving you everything you need, this is your chance to finally treat your parents to something nice.
11. Investing Your Money For the First Time
Especially if you said no to get-rich-quick schemes and educated yourself about investments that suit your risk appetite and financial goals.
12. Making Dinner for Friends You Cooked Entirely Yourself
From scratch, like a real adult.
13. Starting a Fitness Plan
Get fit because it’s right for your body, and not just because you’re jumping on the athleisure trend.
14. Putting a Down Payment on Your First Flat
Scraping up that first S$150,000 isn’t easy!
15. Making a Major Physical Change
Whether it’s a tattoo, new haircut, or a better wardrobe, it’s a big step to make a huge physical change you aren’t quite ready for.
16. Earning Your First Professional Certification
Learning shouldn’t stop just because your formal education ended.
17. Buying Your First Car
Singapore is the most expensive city to be a car owner. You’re truly fortunate to be able to afford one.
18. Doing Something That’s Always Terrified You
Whether it’s bungee jumping or starting your own business, you deserve recognition for pursuing something that scares you.
19. Treating Yourself to Luxuries You Can Comfortably Afford
It’s important to know the difference between rewarding yourself and being reckless with your money.
20. Knowing You Have Enough Money to Retire Comfortably
Most Singaporeans are afraid of outliving their retirement savings. Because you’ve planned, saved, and invested, you’re not one of them.
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