How Much Influence Does Money Have On Your Life?

Ice cased Adelie penguins after a blizzard at Cape Denison / photograph by Frank Hurley

This blog isn’t just a place for venting, story telling or discussions about business. It isn’t just an echo chamber to be used as a joint where we can rehash the same old stuff everyone else talks about.

It is here to serve as a chronicle of thoughts and ideas about life and as a historical document which can be used to see what life was like once upon a time.

When I pose questions about how much influence does money have on your life it is tied into other posts:

Some readers find it helpful to read those links because it helps tie everything together and some don’t because they can’t follow the thoughts and logic that lead from one thought to the next.

I am ok with that because this place isn’t for everyone and wasn’t designed to be.

How Much Influence Does Money Have On Your Life?

It is more rhetorical than literal.  Really it is me asking if you are the kind of person who is willing to fight to live your dreams or content to dream your life.

That’s not directed just at you either, the finger I am pointing faces me too.

Long time readers know some of this and are familiar with many of my stories. You know I have buried more than a couple of friends and am more familiar with how short life can be than I want to be.

You have read the posts in which I said I wasn’t satisfied with how my life was going and that I wanted to change things because it wasn’t working.

I made changes.

Life is different.

Life is better.

Money Is An Excuse and Good Life Experience

I used to think about all the things I would do and places I would go if I was rich. It was fun to dream.

Hard work and luck made things happen for me and there came a day where I had enough money to take those trips and buy those things but what I found was that I didn’t do a lot of what I had always thought I would do.

Some of it was because I was too busy working to go on long trips to far away places. It was easier to go on lots of little trips & say the big trips would come later when the kids weren’t babies.

I didn’t buy everything I thought I would  because I was trying to be responsible and  because I realized I didn’t care about some of those things.

I Lost It All

Things happened. Life happened. The money disappeared. The opportunities dried up.

Five years later I am back but things are different because I learned the difference between want and need and because I don’t use money as an excuse for doing or not doing what I need and want to live.

What about You?

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8 Comments

  1. Julie Barrett March 13, 2013 at 10:09 am

    When we have the money, we don’t have the time, and vice versa, they say. I really come from a lack mentality and I’m working on changing that. Honestly, it seems like when we need it for something that’s meant to be, it rains down on us. We might have to make the commitment first, though.

    • Jack March 14, 2013 at 4:22 am

      It is funny how that seems to work, isn’t it. No time and we have money, no money and we have time. I am all for making the commitment if that solves the problem. 😉

  2. Bee March 13, 2013 at 7:25 am

    My husband teases me because I can’t always tell the difference between “want” and “need.” I’m learning, though. Better late than never.

    • Jack March 14, 2013 at 4:23 am

      Hi Bee,

      Better late than never is right. Once you figure out what the difference is it makes life a lot easier. It is still subjective, but helpful nonetheless.

  3. Natalie the Singingfool March 13, 2013 at 7:16 am

    I try to live my life that way, as if money didn’t matter…I value experiences more than money.
    Jobs are lost, years are lost trying to recoup dollars lost and pay debt accrued. I only hope to remain stable enough to live the experiences I’d like to live.
    I loved this. Thank you for saying what I often feel.

    • Jack March 14, 2013 at 4:27 am

      Hi Natalie,

      It is not always easy to do, but when it happens I think it releases a lot of stress and makes life much simpler. I appreciate your kind words and hope you have a great day.

  4. Stan Faryna March 13, 2013 at 6:55 am

    I couldn’t have said it better, myself.

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