It might be just a contemplative phase now, but I have been mulling over some topics for quite a while. Connected, but not really connected. I’m sorry if this post seems to go nowhere, but that’s the way my thoughts are flowing.
Too many people I know are bogged down by the neverending ratrace and a quest for more money. They might call it looking for a better job, but somehow it just does not sound like it adds up to that.
When you compare:
- a job with a lower salary/better environment
- a higher paying job/lousy environment
What would you choose?
I wouldn’t be too surprised if nine out of ten people choose the latter. Of course, one might say that there are many factors to consider in choosing a job, and I would agree. Too many times however, I have concluded that many peers consider a better job = more money.
I have had personal experience with this matter as well, while chatting with a colleague. He mentioned that the job was crap, and the money was not appealing enough to offset the workload. I promised that I would do what I could to iron out all (note: *all*, not some!) of his concerns, but what I got at the end of the day was this: he would not stay for the long term, simply because the money concern was of higher priority.
Goes to show how important money is.
I have friends who are working hard towards marriage, and of course my best wishes go out to them. Once again, I understand how expensive things are these days, and what with the obligatory wedding dinner/photography session/honeymoon/new apartment/babies et cetera, the moolah factor simply drives you nuts.
Some thoughts at this point though: does it mean that you do not have a right to get married if you earn less? Financial stability means security in some way, and this is easily comprehensible. However, I do not believe in wasting time not getting married just because you happen to earn less. Does it mean that low-income earners do not get married at all?
Because of the race for money, I do not seem to understand what other thoughts occupy one’s thinking at times. There is always an endless rant about money, money, money.. and yet money again.
Some random questions here:
- How much money is enough?
- What would you do after you earn enough?
- Would achieving certain goals in your life make you happy? If so, what goals?
At the end of the day, what defines you? Are you the loving husband, an avid football fan and the steadfast friend, or would you want to be remembered as the corporate achiever, who focused all his energies on his work and nothing else? I like to think that people are remembered in their passing by their influences on others. While there’s nothing wrong about being a good boss/employee, being a good friend and family member speaks volumes more than anything else.
I only have one point to make: money is not everything, and you can never earn enough. There are more important things than money in life, so please look outwards and appreciate the rest of what your life is about, before it is too late.