At the other end of the spectrum are people that see vehicles as necessary evils; mechanisms for moving people and things from point A to Point B. (I don't pretend to understand that mindset, lol.) Somewhere in the middle are people who are wired (or trained) to seek a more balanced lifestyle, and spend a life juggling a set of competing priorities in an effort to be "exceptionally normal"...that is, to do what everyone expects them to do, and be very good at being what others in the middle of the curve would describe as normal. At some point, though, life tugs a lot of us in a different direction, and whispers louder and louder in our ear "go for it, do it, you know you wanna...don't be afraid." It could be a car, travel, skydiving, getting your pilot's license, finally starting a business. The question is: has living in the middle of the bell become an integral part of who we are, and the idea of moving to the edge of the spectrum takes us so far out of the comfort zone that it messes with our well-ordered sense of self? "I'm a responsible husband, father, worker, and spending big chunks of cash on something as frivolous as a Porsche is, well, selfish. What will people think?"
My current wife is an accountant, and up until the time I met her 9 years ago was "exceptionally normal." Married 23 years, 2 super kids, C-Suite level job, the whole "comfort zone" enchilada. Then her husband ditched her for a younger model, and after the requisite year of mourning and soul searching, hopped on a plane to Africa to get her open water scuba certification at Sodwana Bay, South Africa. We met shortly after she got back and began a whirlwind courtship that included a lot of travel and diving. She hated the corp world she was in, and I encouraged her to take on the CFO role at a tech startup I was involved with at the time. Next, we took a year off and moved to Mexico where she fulfilled the dream of becoming a dive instructor, eventually teaching in Cozumel and on a dive catamaran in the Windward Islands. How does this relate to Porsches? Well, during her marriage, the ex always had the sports car...she drove the minvan. She always wanted to travel, to get out and explore the world, to have the hot car (not necessarily a Porsche), but never put her wants ahead of others. That ended in 2012 when we sold her SUV and put a Cayman S in her parking space. At the time she felt more than a little guilty having this hot little two-seater...especially since my car at the time was also a two-seater. Now, there is no way she could ever see herself in anything other than a Porsche, and has said more than once to me: "I had no idea what I was missing. For anyone who likes cars and driving, the Cayman takes the experience to a whole other level."
She has also recently confided that over the years we have been together she has learned that busting out of "the normalcy program" and doing things that to others might appear selfish or impetuous has been an exceptionally positive, liberating experience. The world didn't come crashing down because she ditched the mainstream CFO world, took a year off to just dive, or decided that she actually wanted a Porsche and doesn't give a damn what other people think. (In her current role as CFO of a large charity, one can imagine that driving a Porsche to work has raised an eyebrow or two. She has dealt with it head on, pointing out to one vocal board member that her $80,000 car is a personal lifestyle choice...just like his $3-million house.)
Anyone who comes onto a Porsche forum wondering out loud whether they should take the plunge and just get one, has probably been thinking about it - and denying themselves - for some time. You appear to have the disposable cash to do it, and I guarantee the world won't come crashing down by indulging yourself with an exceptional vehicle. Why wait for some external event (divorce, illness) to finally push you out of the safe and comfortable zone? Just freakin' do it. The only downside is that for many there's no going back.