What is it about a luxurious lifestyle that makes it so desirable? We all want the latest technologies, the coolest and fastest cars, and the biggest houses. But why is it like that when living a mediocre life can provide us with all we need to be happy? I think it has a lot to do with our social environment; What we see on TV, magazines, movies, and the expectations set upon us by society.
Now, I'm not rich nor am I wealthy so you can choose to take my thoughts with a grain of salt. Before I go on, I think it's worth mentioning that this doesn't apply to everyone. I am expressing these ideas simply as food for thought. Would you achieve happiness* in life faster if you're trying to become rich, or if you're aiming for financial stability?
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I am pretty sure that we are all no strangers to thinking about having a lot of money and being rich. I've thought about it countless times, and you probably have, too. People just want to make it big - get that big break in life and just have everything going right for them. For the most part, becoming rich is no easy task, so, in result, a lot of people vigorously try to do something groundbreaking which they end up failing at.
Who wouldn't want to live in a house with 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a humungous living room and a backyard with a pool, all decked out with the latest and greatest technologies? You want that 7.1 surround sound system in the theatre room, that state of the art personal gym, and a $200K Maserati parked in the driveway. Having all this stuff sure can say something about you, and a lot of the times, that's what people want; Recognition of their status.
Okay. Enough filler-talk and let's get to the point of this entry. If you're like me and most of the people around you, you probably have to save up for things you want to get. I think that the most important thing in life to achieve real happiness and success is to take things slowly. I strongly stand by the saying "it's the little things in life that count the most."
I used to believe that having huge goals and always aiming to be the best that I can be was the right way to go, but it wasn't long before I realized that life just doesn't work that way. Having hard to reach goals would only put more stress and pressure on my shoulders, sometimes making it very complicated to do the simplest things.
Now, I don't try to think so much into the future and do nothing but plan anymore. So many people waste their time planning to make it big. Looking 10 to 15 years down the line making predictions on what their lives will be like, both personally and financially. The truth to all of this is that you will never know what life is going to throw at you that'll either slow you down, or make you a filthy rich puppy!
I used to imagine myself driving a Ferrari and going on vacations every month for the lack of anything better to do. Now, I imagine myself driving a simple and fuel efficient vehicle that's not only good on the wallet, but for the environment as well. Chances are, I won't ever hit 180MPH going down a highway, so why own something that I won't ever take advantage of (other than it making me look awesome)? Let's just say that I prefer to make myself look awesome driving a decked out Toyota Prius than a gas guzzling Lamborghini.
To me, even if I had all the money in the world, I wouldn't spoil myself to million dollar toys. Instead, I would strive to have a healthy lifestyle with a family that supports eachother in all ways. Strive to have a job that I absolutely love and enjoy doing. Strive to pursue my hobbies as a Traveler, Photographer, Martial Arist, and more. My ultimate luxury is having the freedom to do the things that make me and my loved ones happy, and to not stress myself of the things that don't really matter in life.