I’ve always wanted a pool. Since I was just a little kid one of my long standing dreams was to own a pool. When I bought my current home back in 2015, by far one of the most exciting things I was looking forward to was swimming in my pool with my family. That very year when summer was approaching I got hit with reality. While I knew that maintaining a pool costs a fair amount of money, I certainly wasn’t expecting a major repair to have to take place. A repair that set me back nearly $3,000. My first summer alone with that pool set me back over $5,000.
Fast forward to today and there’s been ups and downs with my pool. This summer alone I’ve had 3 dead animals in my pool. This summer alone I’ve injured myself twice because of debris I was trying to reach while treading water. This summer alone my electricity bill related to the heating and water circulation in my pool is going to be as high as it’s ever been.
You might be thinking to yourselves, “yeah but you have a pool, be grateful.” There isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not grateful for my pool. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have the right to complain about it sometimes.
As much joy as it is to have a pool, anyone who owns a pool will tell you it’s one of the biggest pain in the asses in the world. At the same time, most people who own a pool will also tell you it’s well worth the expense.
The sacrifice is more than worth it
I always look at my pool like I do my life. Perhaps that’s the reason it’s one of my favorite possessions in the world. Frankly there are tons of times where I cannot stand my pool. There are times where I think to myself, “I gotta get rid of this thing, it’s just too much maintenance.”
But then there are those times where we have guests over and they have the greatest time. There are those times when people compliment our pool and it puts a huge smile on my face. Without my pool I wouldn’t see my two boys so happy playing with each other in the water. Without my pool I wouldn’t see the first time my boys swam without their floaties. This summer alone I’ve swam in my pool nearly every single day.
Is the maintenance worth it? You’re damned right it is.
And that’s exactly how you need to approach life. It’s how you should approach your business. It’s how you should approach anything in life that’s worth having. In my example, the amazing times I have with my family and friends by far outweigh the maintenance costs of having my pool. It’s no comparison.
If something in your life is worth more than the pain in the ass to have it, then all of the sacrifice, work you need to put in, and frankly shit you need to deal with isn’t such a big deal.
Why I’m allowed to complain about it
Once again, I want to point out that I’m totally grateful for my pool. I don’t take it for granted. I’m well aware of my privilege to have this pool. But that doesn’t mean I can’t complain about it. It’s just like anything else in life that’s a pain in the ass to deal with. You can totally complain about it. In fact, you should.
You should allow yourself to feel the lows. You should allow yourself to get pissed off when you should be pissed off. Because those times will pass and the amazing times will follow. And that’s how you have to weigh it all out.
As long as those meaningful, great times outweigh the shitty ones, you know you’ve made the right decision.
And that’s why I’m going to keep my pool for as long as I possibly can. It’s a no brainer.