This post is part of a 13 money resolutions for 2013 series. You can check the first post for an updated list of the following ones.
We live in a world where we never have enough. We absolutely NEED to get a new phone every 18 months, to live in a 2500 sqft house, to change cars every two years. Spoiler alert, you don’t need all that. And the day you realize that, you will be pretty happy.
I have a $20 dumbphone, a 600sqft house, and no car. Yet, I live a very rich, happy, simple life. Why? Because I am content with what I have. If I want more, it is not because the Joneses have more. It is because my house had a leaking roof and I wanted to fix it. We had no electricity or water two months ago, and I wanted to open the tap instead of washing dishes in the lake.
Once those minor inconveniences were solved, I didn’t want more. I was happy with my little house, my patch of land, hens and vegetable garden.
I am not sure I would move if I won $1M. I would probably travel more, attend friends’ weddings or family reunions on a whim, but otherwise my lifestyle would not change much.
By being happy with what you have, you avoid many problems. Jealousy, debt, stress to pay for all those things, clutter… are a few on top of my head. Re-evaluate your life. Are you still facing a huge list of things you are unhappy about? If so, read that post on Fearless Men.
Feeling grateful and satisfied now? If you have a roof over your head and food on your plate, you should be.
Your life is all yours to live and you should be living it on your own terms. What makes you happy? 12 hours shifts to pay for lots of things or a part time job and a simple life? There are lots of shades in between and only you know the balance you want to aim for.
Some people are happy with a day job, the security of a paycheck and benefits. Other hate routine and want to start every day with uncertainty and adrenalin. It is not one size fits all. But if you are unhappy with what you have, only you can change that, and you have no excuses for not doing so.
It is not too complicated, too hard, you are perfectly able to achieve anything you SERIOUSLY put your mind to. Yes, it will take time, dedication, effort, you may fail a few times before you succeed, but you will eventually get there.
Out of that list of goals, you should eliminate whatever does not bring you true happiness. I love cooking and having a deep freezer and a blender makes me happy. I know people who own those items yet use them once a year. They bought them because ”one has to have a blender”, or ”we may use it” or ”I always wanted to try margaritas”. Well that was one expensive round of margaritas.
Be happy with what you have, only buy what bring your additional value. More value than the effort you put into earning that money.
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