Some people are so poor, all they have is money.
– Patrick Meagher
Recently I met my friends. We got nostalgic with our college memories, as we talked further the topics moved to personal life, career and jobs. Two of my friends started with their tech-jobs topic… Argh!! The ones which don’t interest me at all but I somehow was patient to listen. They discussed about their respective domains and what I observed was one was indirectly condemning the other saying how much more money he makes and how little she does. I was shocked by his words and was a little surprised as she didn’t defend herself but could sense that his words upset her. My other friends sensed where the discussion was going and changed the topic. On the way back home she talked about how he was before, how money changed him. I didn’t talk much as I was shocked by his behavior and tried to cheer her up.
Back at home I gave a re-thought to the incident. I questioned myself “Would I ever let money overtake my emotions?” with no-doubts I said “Never!”. I guess that is perhaps I don’t know how it feels to make big money or maybe because I am mature enough to understand that money doesn’t matter that much in life :P. I know you are laughing when you are reading this or your are saying – Damn you sanctimonious jerk 😀 . But thinking very honestly, I really don’t know and the truth is – I don’t really want to know. I would still want to be in a place where I can respect human emotions more than money. I may risk sounding like an idealist here, and it is not that I don’t want more money in my life. I would love it, it gives me so many opportunities to travel, meet more people and of course greater reasons to spend :).
I think money is definitely important in life but I would be a little skeptical when it comes to saying it is the most important thing in life. I was recently talking to my friend’s dad who was cribbing that his son’s friends have all got great jobs cos they make a lot more money than his son does. Maybe he is right, but isn’t that too one sided a view? I mean, aren’t there other factors like loving what you do, the sheer pleasure of job satisfaction, the sense of achievement, the pleasure of creating something and making it work? I have constantly maintained a belief that if you keep adding value, money will definitely find a way to come and it can build itself around you to offer you a better quality of life. I may be wrong, but I would still like to err in a place where I would prefer people over pennies.
I know that we are living in a new age world where materialism has made its inroads, I also realize that it forms a very important part of our life. I would not suggest us living in a mode of spirituality and trying to say that life is beautiful no matter how many challenges you have. I would rather say, we of course have these all and we will find ways to get over them, but certainly not at the cost of some things which we really stand up for. And I guess the choice like always is with us, what we stand up for – People or pennies?!
There is always time to make money!