It’s the age old question, why do people need to “win the rat race?” Why do so many people feel that happiness is all about the bling?
Don’t get me wrong, there is not a thing wrong with excelling and achieving great things. With that many times comes great wealth. That’s fine. But for many people it seems money is the main motivator. I like to think that most successful people got where they are because they have a passion for what they do and would do it even if there was little or no money involved. I would like to think that a great doctor got into medicine because he loves to help people. I would like to think that great pro athletes would play their games even if they were not getting mega rich.
Love of money vs. love of the game
If money and things are your only motivation, then you set yourself up for great disappointment. All these things can be taken away in an instant. If we have not learned that lesson in the last four or five years, then I don’t know what it will take. How many Americans have lost nearly everything they worked for? If the stuff and the money was the only reason you got up and went to work, then how empty you must feel right now. Losing all your money is extremely difficult. I know from experience. But money can be made again someday.
What good does it do to have a bunch of the newest and nicest “bling”? Will it make people love you more? Does it make you more important? I’ve known people who it seems all they care about is what they can go out and buy. Now, I have never really been in a position to spend money on whatever I want. So maybe if I suddenly found myself wealthy I would be tempted to go on a shopping spree. But I doubt it.
If you worked to actually accomplish something, and money was just part of it, then if you lose all your money, they can’t take away the accomplishments. Buildings I helped build are still standing even though the money is gone. I can still drive by them and say “that was one of mine”.
You can't take it with you
Money and things will eventually all be gone. It may not be until you die, but when that day comes, none of it is going with you. Do not get caught up in the trap of trying to accumulate as much stuff as you can. Now I’m not saying to never spend your money on nice things. If you have money, go ahead and enjoy it. I see nothing wrong with living in a nice house with nice things. But don’t work yourself silly with this as your only motivation.
The people in your life are what is really important. Spend time with your loved ones. Some day they will be gone too. Unlike money, once they are gone, you can never get them back again.
So if you find yourself working yourself silly, and you realize your loved ones are growing farther apart from you, it might be time to ask yourself if buying that new car or all those new gadgets are worth it. Maybe it’s time to start putting some money in to a sock in your sock drawer and start making plans to cut back on the stuff. That way maybe you can also cut back on the time you spend earning money to buy all that stuff and start spending time actually, I don’t know, living your life?