Money can’t buy everything
I’ve been a hard worker for most of my life. A LOT of it had to do with being first generation Portuguese-American. As a teen, my extra curricular activities were scarce. Those I were involved in were short lived due to my work schedule. As a young adult, I rarely traveled solo or with friends so my knowledge of the world is low. Had to work and save money for God knows what!
I’m not saying these things for anyone to take pity on me, but there is a reason why I’m basing a blog post on it: my time spent working has been my greatest regret.
We all need to work to live a decent life. Without work, there is no money to pay for things like food and shelter. I’m also not telling you to blow everything. Not saving money is pretty careless. But, how much of it do we really need? How far are we willing to go to pay for all this stuff? I think, for a lot of us, it’s time to find the answer to these questions.
You must take the time to dig deep inside
It’s easy to hit burn out quickly with an ‘all work and no play’ mentality. I became resentful of my job and all the hours I spent working my butt off just to come home and work more. And I mean work. Because I don’t consider a rushed shower, yelling at my family all while trying to make dinner after being away nine hours to be time off.
I’m sure this applies to different kinds of people, but I can only speak for myself: a full time working mother to two. Can someone tell me how in the world I’m supposed to find a work life balance working over forty hours a week, being a mom, being a partner and cleaning the damn house?
If you’re solo, you can get just as burned out. Self care is extremely important. Without it, you don’t know who you are or what you stand for. You cannot set healthy boundaries for yourself if achievements are all you focus on.
By golly, I think I have an idea!
By focusing on having less, I’m able to lead a better, more fulfilling life.
I know having more money and more things doesn’t make me happy. Clutter drives me nuts and I don’t need many luxuries to be fulfilled. Because I’ve discovered that about myself, I’ve been able to open my eyes to how I’ve been living my life. I know much of my resentment and unhappiness is a direct result of not having a healthy work life balance, and I’m in the process of changing that.
To me, my time is much more valuable than money can ever be. I’m okay with having a small home, a small car and half a closet full of clothes. What I want is more time to myself, more time with my family and more time to do things I enjoy…like this blog! As long as I can afford all the necessities, I’m good.
Dig deep and tell me, what do you want?