Here’s is a quick comment about life, money, and value.
There’s only one reason to make more money– so you can buy your life back.
We start our life with a short position on housing, because we’ll always need to work to put a roof over our heads. We also have to feed ourselves, and maybe do the same for our family. Everything else is largely extraneous.
So the point of you having a job is that it’s the alternative to hunting and foraging, and the advantage of a job is that it’s easier to put a couple bucks in the bank than it is to build a granary.
But when you put that couple bucks in the bank, you are effectively buying back your own future, ie the food and shelter you’ll be needing over the course of your life. The more of your future needs you can buy back now, the freer you are.
Henry David Thoreau talked a lot about this in Walden, which was all about freeing himself from all dependencies so that he could enjoy what life was really about. Buy it, read it, treasure it.
Anyway, the trick when you’re making enough is not to get caught up in the rat race– the one where you start thinking that money, status, or fame are important in and of themselves (and start increasing your spending, etc). Then you’ll just be working for work’s sake, and you won’t be able to use the freedom you’ve already bought.
You might also be surprised by how little you can live on. The first year I lived without a job (in 2005 I think), I lived on about $10,000 a year– or about $8,000 US. If I needed to, I think I could do it again. Especially if the other option is to work a 40-hour week.
It’s been said before but I’ll ask again– your money or your life?
Well, which one do you choose?
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