I used to live in Palm Springs, drive an expensive car, wear enough diamonds to feed a small village for a year, and buy ‘the best’ of everything. Now I buy everything I can secondhand and have completely let go of a materialistic way of life. What happened to wake me up? I almost died. I was on hospice care and told I had three days to live. I realized that at the end of your life, when your body has wasted away and all that you think you are is gone, all that matters is who is sitting right there with you and what good you’ve accomplished while you were in this world.
Being realistic about life in the United States; money does matter. Not only do we need money for basic necessities, we also feel the need to buy overpriced things we don’t need. As soon as something breaks, we don’t fix it, we throw it away and buy another one. People lie, cheat, steal, kill, and betray their own morals for money. Everyone knows this and thinks, it’s just the way the world is. There’s nothing I can do about it. So, I might as well get mine. If you can change your thinking, the way you view money, you can free yourself from a flawed system designed to enslave you. Think about it.
You buy a car to go to work and work to pay for gas and fix your car. You pay for your children to go to daycare and work to pay for the daycare. You work for a set salary or paltry hourly wage and struggle from paycheck to paycheck, when if you got creative you could make that amount from home. I decided that if I put half of the effort into making myself rich as I do working for someone else, I would never have to worry about money again.
I need food, clothing, shelter, and love. Everything else is a want. I want to shake people sometimes when they say they need a big screen TV, or need a new IPhone, or need a new car. A car is meant to get you safely from point A to point B. I used to work as a travel agent and have traveled extensively. I visited a small village in Africa where the entire village had one car. Guess what? They were happy to have it and everyone helped one another; the people smiled all day and looked each other in the eye. Do you really need everything that you have? I don’t. I would be lying if I said I don’t enjoy expensive things. I do, even now, but I have started buying everything I can secondhand. I have a lot more money to give to my children when they’re older, money to help others who are less fortunate, and a true appreciation for just how blind I was before. I can honestly say that I have never been so happy, felt such a deep peace, or felt so connected to to the world around me. I can’t speak for other people, but for myself, I am at my best when I am in a state of giving.
I have faith that most human beings can think for themselves. All that has to happen for anyone to do this, is a life changing event or another person saying the right thing to you. Something has to ‘click’ in your brain. I don’t know that reading this will change anyone’s school of thought or way of life, but I do know that everyone should be in control of their own life. What goes into your brain, what you feed yourself mentally will affect what you believe. I got sick of the media telling me what I needed. I’ll be the judge of that, thank you very much.
How much does money control your life? Do you think about it every single day? Do you worry about how you’re going to get more, make enough? Do you feel like you are a failure as a human being if you don’t have a certain amount? Do you work constantly, even when your sick? Do you try to impress other people with your ‘things’? Do you look at other people and judge them from how nice their clothes are, what they drive, or where they live? Be honest and you will most likely come to the conclusion that money is in control of your life, not you. The reason money is so important is because we make it important. We are taught from birth to care about money. You are accepting this belief without question because you were told to by everyone around you; by history. Think for yourself. Find your own beliefs. If no one cared about money, it would become obsolete.
I would like to change the world. The truth is, all I can change is myself. I can only tell others about my experience and let them find their own way. Check out Zeitgeist: Addendum if you haven’t seen it. It’s a good start in changing the way you think about money.