In the era of consumerism and consumption money matters a great deal. It’s a very powerful tool that rules the world and everything around us. Most people associate money with a magic wand that can solve all their problems and make them happy. Even more people equate money with freedom, personal liberty and authority. The pursuit of money is a common thing these days, but I still cannot grasp how money can be a lifelong ambition. When people are blinded with their earnings, they cannot realize the meaning of life. I cannot say that I don’t care about money at all, but I definitely have certain reasons to be indifferent to money.
1. Money is a false motivation
Don’t get me wrong, but I strongly believe that most people do their jobs for the sake of money only. I consider this approach highly fallacious since big money doesn’t mean big results. If you’re doing your job in order to get a paycheck at the end of the month, you’re doing the wrong thing. The work is about self-development, improvement and realization of your creative potential. My work means a lot to me since I dedicate most of my time to what I’m doing. I believe that money comes and goes, but the results of my work and my experience will last forever.
2. I’m not a squanderer
My salary enables me to cover bills, buy food and clothes and I have enough money for most leisure time activities. These are essentials. I really enjoy plain living and I always strive for simplicity. It’s unbelievable when people spend a fortune on exclusive cars, luxurious mansions and eccentric entertainments. I also cannot see the point of wasting on the latest fashion clothing collections that will be out-of-date in several months. If you have a good taste you will look flattering regardless your earnings.
3. I don’t compare myself to other people
You will always meet someone who earns more money than you, spends more money than you and lives differently than you do. And it’s absolutely normal. Try to realize that you cannot earn all the money; you just may get stuck in a nonstop race for wealth. The habit of setting your financial expectations based on others’ success isn’t healthy and you should break this habit as soon as possible. I never compare myself to others and I don’t care about how much money my neighbor makes.
4. Money cannot guarantee happiness
‘If I earned more money I would be much happier…’ No, you wouldn’t. If you aren’t happy with a dollar in your pocket, you won’t be happy with a thousand either. Material goods have transient effect of satisfaction and fulfillment, while your friends, family, communication and fun are really important. Let’s make it clear: satisfaction and happiness are not the same. Just because you can afford to buy expensive things doesn’t mean you are happy. When you have enough for living, I can hardly see the reason to be unhappy about it.
5. Money won’t bring peace and health
Big money always signifies hard work or even overwork. Scientific research has proved that higher earners are subjected to negative emotions and constant tension more often than people who don’t make a lot of money. Chances are you will spend all your earnings on medicines and paying hospital bills. Bear in mind that many diseases are incurable and you will have to live with them for the rest of your life. Do you really need it? I don’t. That’s why I don’t care about money.
6. The best things are free
Ask any child about his favorite things and most probably he will name cartoons, ice cream, swimming, playing snowball… Can you see money? That’s it. Prepping Halloween costume for your son or having heart-to-heart talk with your best friend just cannot be compared to anything. I’m often told ‘You inspire me to be better’, and this is definitely one of the best things a person can hear. When I hear these words I realize that communication, attention and human care are real treasures and they cost nothing. If you think differently, perhaps you need to reconsider your priorities.
7. Money cannot buy love
I’ve met a lot of people who believed that money could buy everything. My giggle quickly turned into astonishment and indignation when I heard that, but I could do nothing to persuade those men. And it’s really pitiful since when it comes to love your money is completely helpless. One of the most significant features of love is faithfulness. Undoubtedly, your wealth can lure someone, but it will never make this person faithful and devoted to you.
The Bible says ‘The love of money is the root of all evil’ and you should just remember that money is a means to an end, money isn’t an end itself. Big money enslaves you and in reality you need little to be happy. I don’t care about money and I’m still the happiest person in the globe! Do you care about money?