With Facebook and social media we now get to see glimpses (or more!) into friends and acquaintances lives that we wouldn't have years past. I most likely wouldn't know that one of my high school friend is in in Hawaii this week, or that so and so just had a baby, etc.
It's interesting to see how different some people's lives are. Most everyone, at least that I know, are fairly similar lives. They work, have some hobbies, do some fun stuff here and there. But one old high school friend is interesting to see how she lives her life. I can't even imagine it, really. Well, if I try, it totally wears me out! She's been with her guy quite a few years, (I think they are engaged now), and he is quite quite wealthy. Made enough money from his business to retire early and live a life of leisure...and boy do they! It is constant travel. It appears they may get home for a few days here and there but not home much. And when they are home, do they relax? Nope! It's all parties and get together's with friends, dinners and meals out. And most pictures include cocktails, glasses of wine, or bottles of beer in them.
The thought of living in constant travel (and drinking!) or even constant activity when home would literally put me in the hospital from exhaustion, I'd bet! Shoot, I'm tired just after a day of shopping or errands in the city, haha! Two weeks ago, she was at some B&B somewhere, last week she was in Nevada, today she is in Mexico. Next week she will be in Arizona. I'm very happy for her that she is well off and comfortable, but boy, I really do not envy her lifestyle one little bit.
As I said, I don't think she and her guy are married, but have been together quite a few years. She quit work a few years ago, when he sold his business/or retired. I worry about a woman like her, though. Has he provided for her in case he dies and they are not married? I would not want to be my age, or older, and end up with nothing! She didn't have a career type job. She worked in retail, so I doubt she has much of a retirement fund for herself. Nor at our age, to try to go back to work would not be a fun prospect.
Same for my half sister. I worry about her too, in a similar situation. I have never asked her about it. She is still working and does have a small retirement she puts into, but if her guy she's been living with for the past 10-12 years dies and they aren't married, has he left anything to her? their home is his home and property, as well as his business. I highly doubt any of it's in her name. (it's a ranch he's owned or his parents did) What if he dies, say 10 years from now? What would she do/where would she live? Most likely everything goes to his 2 adult daughters. I would not want to be in that position. Too risky and zero security.