First, I'm posting this under a name created just for this post; I don't need to receive followup postings or emails of condolence. I created an email address just to create this Tesla ID.
I ordered my MS 85 in December 2012, and it arrived in April 2013. My internal rationale at the time was, essentially, "I am 63 years old; I have been prudent and frugal all my life, I want this car, and although it is far more expensive than any car I've ever bought, I can afford it." So I bought it.
It is now about 20 months later, and I have recently been diagnosed with lung cancer (adenocarcinoma), which is pretty clearly stage IV, metastasized to my liver, bones, lymph nodes, and perhaps my brain and eyes. (If not my brain then there is something else odd going on in there.) This is, incidentally, the most common form of lung cancer among non-smokers. Looks like I hit the jackpot! My medical oncologist says I could possibly live 2 years. I suspect it will be less, and the last portion of that time will be pretty unpleasant. In some ways, I am more frightened of becoming blind than of dying.
So time out: I've had a great life. I was fortunate enough to be born in the mid-20th century into a relatively affluent country, to solidly middle-class parents who raised me properly. I got a great education and have had a career in which I have contributed in a small way to humankind and society, and some of which has been enjoyable. I have a great wife, a great marriage, and three great adult kids, and 4 great grand-kids. If my life ends now, it has been a great run. And it will end. I have non-small-cell carcinoma with the ALK rearrangement. There is a targeted therapy but that therapy isn't going to cure me; at best it'll slow things down a little. (Coincidentally, the Dec 4 issue of the NEJM has an article on it.) There is an approved secondary therapy for when the primary therapy loses its effectiveness, and there are clinical trials, but it is all probably going to be too late for me.
But for the past 2 years, this car has been a very enjoyable part of my life. Not the comments I get at traffic lights, or the exclamations of incredulity I get when pulling into a convenience store for coffee. The absolute pleasure I get just from driving the car, nearly 2 years after I got it. It is a pleasure to own. It is a pleasure to drive. It is a pleasure to Supercharge.
If I had decided to wait until some improvements had been added, I would have denied myself this great joy. I would have gotten lung cancer and not have had the car for 2 years (nearly). So it was worth it to get it when I wanted it and not to have waited. We never know what the future may hold. Mine is pretty unpleasant, but this car has been a great pleasure and a great joy. How unfortunate it would have been had I put off buying it. (I do regret that my father, who was an electrical engineer, wasn't alive to see it.)