|Sign I found at a store in Savannah, GA|
Then I started thinking about the topic of people my age working hard to get to the top to be successful. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to want to/have to work hard to get to where you want to be especially now because you can enjoy the benefits later (a la with your future family/kids). A friend of mine thinks the opposite – that I will be sad and lonely because either my future husband will be working all the time and/or I will be working all the time. I disagree. (The people I know who have the $ to do fun things with their families take the time off to do them – not saying they don’t spend an hour or two a day on work stuff while on vacation though. They won’t remember the hour they spent working, but they will remember building sand castles or their kids meeting Mickey Mouse for the first time.) At the root of both of our opinions is that family and relationships come first. It’s just my opinion that one has to work hard to play hard with the family/significant other/friends.
So, that brings us to the big question: Does money buy happiness???
My personal opinion is – yes, to a certain extent money can buy happiness. People with money can go on memorable vacations with their families and friends, throw fun birthday parties for their kids, and do exciting new things together. Do I think you can be content without money? Of course, but if offered a million dollars I believe every single person would gladly take it because they are going to spend it on something that makes them happy whether it be a shiny fast Lambo, a European vacation, a piece of art, a donation to a favorite charity, etc.
Now as mentioned previously, I’m not saying jobs and money are the end all be all. Maybe I am being naive and you can’t have both money and a stong family, but I’ve seen it work. My goal is to be a teacher which obviously isn’t a job that rolls in the big bucks, but I really enjoy social studies and spending time with the kids. On the other hand, I am encouraging everyone to go after what YOU love – and if by chance you/your significant other/your friends work a lot to make money then be proud because you/he/she worked hard for it! Just be sure to spend it well and with the people you love. In the end, we all need someone to spend retirement with anyway. Our relationships with friends and significant others are what we are left with in the end :o)
EXHIBIT A: I also read that there are three things that help increase the chances of one’s marriage staying together and one of them is being wealthy. (The other two: both partners having college educations and both getting married after the age of 25.)
Let me know what your opinion is in the comments below!