With exams finally over for the year and Christmas right around the corner, I’ve taken the last few days to ponder about the finer things in life. While stressing over what I was going to surprise my friends and family with over the Christmas holidays, a funny little thought occurred to me. You know that old saying “money can’t buy happiness”? Well, in some instances it really can’t.
You know, sometimes when I look at my bank account, I feel like bursting into tears. Some nights I have nightmares about us being unable to make ends meet. I tears me up inside that I know my partner hates his job and that he’s getting closer and closer to the breaking point, however we can’t afford for him to quit. Sometimes, just sometimes, I long for the freedom that is often associated with having a lot of money. However, as with most things in life, there is a bigger picture.
Sure, money can buy you a house, a nice dinner, and if I’m being honest, I’d rather cry in a Ferrari. Money buys me my favourite cup of tea at least three times a week. Money allows me to travel and explore the world at my will. But what can’t money get for me?
Turns out, there’s quite a bit, but for the purpose of succinctness I’ve narrowed it down to these 3 very important things:
- Money can’t buy love.
No amount of cash will make someone like you. No amount of cash can make someone love you. In saying that, love is one of the most expensive things in life. Why? Because love is priceless.
If you have love in your life, be it love from your partner, love from your mother or love from your cat, you’re good. You are rich. You’re already ahead of most people chasing the exact same thing. When I wake up in the morning, wedged between two cats and my partner, I am wealthy. I am wealthy because I am loved and I am wealthy because I can love.
- Money can’t buy luck.
I feel like at some point in life, we all have to learn this lesson. Whether you believe in destiny or forging your own path, you have to admit that luck sometimes simply happens. Whether it is being born into the royal family, winning the Lotto or getting discovered as a child prodigy, luck happens. Maybe you were born incredibly smart or incredibly beautiful. Maybe you have a voice like Adele’s or your pug is internet famous.
The idea here is not to focus on what you don’t have, because we all have something. We are all born with some type of luck, or if not, there is a high possibility of luck gracing us sometime in the future. Just ask Warren Buffet! “I was lucky. I was born in the United States. The odds were 30 or 40-to-1 against that. I had some lucky genes. I was born at the right time. If I’d been born thousands of years ago I’d be some animal’s lunch because I can’t run very fast or climb trees.” – Warren Buffet
- Money can’t buy health.
Waking up every day, breathing and alive, is a blessing in itself. Your health is a blessing. As we get older and weaker, it is not money that we chase after, but our health. So whatever good health you are blessed with now, be grateful. Sure, money can buy you expensive medicine and treatments, but being able to afford the luxury of not needing them is what makes you rich in the first place.
There we have it, the 3 things that I love that money can’t buy: love, luck and health.
What are yours?
Is it your cat (same)? Or your beautiful little family? Or maybe it is your ability to ace everyone at karaoke?
Let me know in the comments below!
And remember, being broke is temporary. Being rich is a journey.