When it comes to money, some people put too much emphasis on it. Making it, saving it, spending it, whatever the case may be. I even know of a few people that live life by the almighty dollar. If those last three sentences describe you, please keep reading because I am here to tell you that there is so much more to life than money and that you need to put money into perspective.
My Trouble With Money
When I was younger, I got myself into credit card debt. At the time, I was ashamed that I let myself get into debt, but now I feel blessed for the lessons it taught me. I got into credit card debt because I was depressed and was trying to buy my happiness. I would shop for electronics and clothing and get excited when I had all of these new things.
The problem was, the excitement, or high I was experiencing wore off. It was only temporary and the more I bought, the quicker the high faded. Imagine a ball rolling down a hill. As the ball continues to roll down the hill, it gains more and more momentum and moves fastest near the bottom. This is what happens when you buy things to make you happy. You have to buy more and more, quicker and quicker, in order for the good feeling inside last.
Fortunately for me, I had my wake up call before I did too much damage. I was in a clothing store looking at a new jacket. As I was getting ready to buy it, I had my moment of clarity and realized that I already had a perfectly fine jacket. In fact, I had a few perfectly fine jackets.
I went home empty handed and looked in my closet at all of the clothes I bought. I never wore half of them. I decided that enough was enough and took them all out and piled them onto my bed, along with some of the electronics I bought and took a picture. I carried that picture in my wallet as reminder to not buy things to make me happy. I controlled my emotions and could be happy without buying things.
Learn To Stop And Look Around
Too many of us are too busy with daily life to stop and realize how much beauty and great things there are out there in the world today. I urge you to stop and take a look around. I’m certain you will find beauty and happiness somewhere in the world. For me, I’ve learned to value experiences – the time I get to spend with friends and family. That makes me happiest. Don’t confuse experiences with taking trips and the like. The best times with my friends are on a Saturday night when we get together and play board games. We sit around, catch up on each others lives, laugh and have a great time. Nothing beats it.
I urge you to find your happiness in the world and not tie it to money. When we are out trying to make $1,000,000 so we can retire tomorrow or we cut back our spending so much to save a few dollars here and there, we miss out on the great things this world and life in general has to offer.
Yes, money is important and it does bring some comfort in life, but to be truly happy, you need to look within and not at money.
Hi, my name is Jon and I run Penny Thots. I blog about many personal finance topics, but my specialties lie in investing, paying off debt, and achieving your financial goals. You can learn more about me on the Author Page.