Someone came into my office yesterday when a co-worker was complaining about not having enough money to go on vacation.
The person in question makes more than my co-worker and I combined. He went out on a well meaning tirade of how unhappy people with million of dollars are.
Yeah, okay. So, if they are so miserable with all that money - give me half of it and maybe they'll feel better.
I know, I get it - the point is if you can't be happy when you are poor, you won't be happy rich either. It's not the money that makes you happy or unhappy, it's the mind set.
I get that.
Now give me the freakin' cash.
There is a song by Good Charlotte, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous that has a line, "If money's such a problem. They got mansions. I think we should rob them."
Well...I'm not proposing we rob the rich, but dude...you're unhappy, I need money - sounds like a win win if you give me some.
I think it's Mae West who said, "I"ve been poor and I've been rich. Rich is better." While I understand the fact that problems that existed before wealth would still be there after wealth - there are some things that rich people don't worry about.
Say da missus is a little down and would like a shrink to talk to. I would now have to wait until our flexible medical spending account re-ups, would have to see who is on our insurance list, etc.
but more than that - If I buy that shirt, which part of the groceries will I have to forgo? If I buy that bagel this morning how long will it take to re-balance the budget?
I suspect that NOW, I would be a pretty darn good rich person. True, in my 20s - even 30s, I probably would've ended up...well...Charlie Sheen.