Have you ever had too much money in your life? What did you do? I started my Question of the Week series last week and I enjoyed writing my answers. What I love about it is knowing that there are no right or wrong answers to the questions, just pure reflection. Here's the link to last week's question. And this week's question is..
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When I was still single, I only have myself to feed. Although I helped with paying off some of our loans and sent money for my brother's tuition, my parents never really asked anything from me. They were just thankful every time I sent money to them. Yep, I have the best parents in the world!
I was just 20 when I started earning, and I earned more than enough for myself. I was a very committed and work-driven individual so it was easy for me to earn incentives on top of my basic pay. I was never late or absent and I worked really hard to get what I want. It came to a point when I felt that I didn't know what to do with my money anymore. BUT.. this is not to say that I have TOO MUCH. What can you expect? I was just 20.. and single at that.. with no one else to feed but myself. So I guess it's normal for a 20-year old to believe that she has more than enough to spend. I spent a lot. I spent most of my money on expensive clothes, shoes, bags, and a lot more. I partied and threw several bucks a night on things that did not really matter. I always took a cab even when I could just commute or walk my way to work. Thinking about them now, I thought of all the money I just wasted. I could have saved them. The more I earned, the more I spent.
So you see? We earn. We get more money. And then we yearn for more. We feel that the money we earn is not enough anymore. We want more! And when we get more, we spend more.. until it comes to a point when we spend more than we earn, and spend for things we don't need. For me, the downside of having too much money is that we never get content of what we already have. We forget to appreciate the small things and be grateful of the things that we're blessed with.
Too much money breeds pride and envy. People commit crimes even to the people they love because of money. We see it all over the world. People fight over money.. money that does not even belong to them. People impress other people by spending money they don't have. The world still continues to live in the triangle of life where the richest on top are only a few while the poorest at the bottom are so many. As time goes by, nothing's changed that much. The rich gets richer and the poor gets poorer. There are a lot of rich people though who share their blessings and with that, my hope in humanity is still quite intact. I admire people who, despite being so rich, are still living a simple life.
I'm not rich. I don't have too much money. And I'm working to live my life day by day with my family in mind. My goal is to save so that we can have something to spend during emergency situations and at least earn a little extra so that we can have a simple family getaway and buy the things we want every now and then.
I guess it's normal to yearn for more especially when we know that we're working hard to earn more. I'm all for that. I also want to earn more but only to give just enough for my family. I don't want to deprive my son of the things he needs and I also want to be able to give him what he wants from time to time. As they say, too much of something is bad enough, right?