I sit next to a rich guy at work. I mean seriously rich. Not just big-house-in-Olathe rich. Parents-with-vacation-mansions-in-distant-lands rich. Sometimes I feel really sad sitting next to him because that kind of wealth is probably forever out of my reach. And I am not as well off as my parents by the time they were my age and I had a lot more advantages than them. I crave the luxury to relax about money – i.e. pay for college. I crave lots of worldly, luxurious travel. I crave a new car.
But I know I don’t need those things to make a happy life. And with continued focus on long term goals I can reduce my anxiety about money. That doesn’t mean I don’t feel a little green-eyed monstery about people who have too much money and have always had too much money.
After a day spent overhearing conversations about expensive kitchen remodels and island vacations I was feeling a little bummed as I made my way home.
And then I walked in and the delicious scent of the vegetarian Indian food my husband had made for dinner hit me. And I felt rich. And I decided that feeling rich isn’t always about having enough or too much money… and decided to come up with a list of things that make me feel rich:
1. Dinner with my sweet friends, laughing our butts off so much that we are *those people* who get nasty glares from the other diners.
2. An afternoon free of meetings.
3. My homemmade funky, happy winter acoutrement – wrist warmers, scarves, etc.
4. When the kids jump and squeal and hug me when I get home because they are happy to see me.
5. When my car makes it through an oil change yet again without the soul-crushing call that major repairs are needed. (Nothing can make a person feel poorer than a car that needs to be fixed a lot.)
6. When I exercise every day I planned to in a week.
7. Chinese tofu curry at Blue Koi. Frickin’ yum!!
8. Packages that arrive in the mail containing a homemade marvel from a friend.
9. Slinging on my parcel bag, heading out for fun with the kids and DH.
10. A free hour to watch bad television and not feel guilty about it because my work is done.
11. A clean, still, bright kitchen on Saturday morning.
That is a lot of things – and I know I can come up with more. Hope you are finding the things that make you feel rich. And if you already are rich, want to buy me lunch at Blue Koi? 😉