“I’ve always wanted to (insert thing/activity/learn/travel here), but I can’t afford it.” Even though this (rarely updated but awesome) blog is primarily about personal finance, savings and being a frugal badass with your money. Ultimately, I think that the thing you can’t afford, is not to do the thing that you so wanted to do.
What do we really need? Some food, heat, and shelter. A place to rest and a purpose, something that will yield a sense of accomplishment. This might be a paid work or not. Materially this is all we need and we all know it.
So then why do most of us strive for the material things that we don’t really need? If you take a step back you will see that the system we live in is designed to make you want more and more. To consume is excess and ultimately define your life by what you have consumed. Over 550 Billion with a B was spent last year trying to convince you of this.
It will never stop. EVER. The goal is to crush you with a mortgage that you can barely afford, convince you that you need a ridiculous phone with an equally ridiculous monthly fee, a fancy car and all sorts of other gadgetry that will divert your attention from what’s really important. And remember what’s really important, you can’t buy at your local wally world. If you take that step back you will see the complete idiocracy of it all.
The routine feels secure and you are scraping by and that’s OK because everyone else seems to be doing the same thing.
The years roar past. Sometimes it feels like you are Bill Murray in Ground Hog Day. Where does all the time go? Your dreams of doing that thing grow dimmer with every passing year. Before you know it, you’re at the end of your life and your fate is sealed. Bankruptcy in the literal sense and of life.
Wow. MoneyRunner – That some heavy shit. Don’t we have a choice in all this? Yes you do. Enjoy the system but don’t be a slave to it. If you live in North America and most of Europe you have already won the birth lottery. Enjoy it don’t be a slave to it. Make the choice to do the things you’ve always wanted to do, take that chance. Eschew the unnecessary material and meaningless things in your life and live fully. Hopefully, you will be rich in the bank but more importantly in life.