Debt can start young — sometimes as early as asking for an advance on our allowance as a kid. So it’s not surprising that many people have never known what it’s like to be debt free.
We fight to get out of debt, dreaming of the day when we’ll be debt free, but it might help to know what being out of debt really feels like.
I can’t tell you (yet!) what it’s like to be completely debt free — house and everything — but I can tell you what it’s like to be mostly debt free.
The difference is astounding. When I paid off my credit cards and then (finally!) my student loan, I felt an enormous weight lift off me. It was q weight that I hadn’t even realized was there, because I’d gotten used to it. But boy did I feel a million times better when it was gone!
There was more to it than that though. All I can think to compare it to is getting glasses for the first time. As a very near-sighted person, pre-glasses I had no idea that you could see individual leaves on trees! A whole new world opened up to me. Suddenly the world was an exciting and beautiful place instead of one big blur.
When you’re debt free, you have a world of opportunity waiting for you. It’s much easier to make your dreams a reality when your money is available for you to use.