Hunter S Thompson wrote “I have no taste for either poverty or honest labor, so writing is the only recourse left for me” I’m sitting in my thinking chair with a glass of scotch and a cigar and I wonder what is the only recourse left for me.
I listened to an interesting conversation last night, Serena called her father to wish him a happy birthday. As the conversation continued she asked him what he wanted for his birthday he couldn’t answer and immediately turned the tables on her asking what she wanted for her upcoming birthday, she couldn’t answer either. Imagine that, two people on complete different ends of the financial spectrum both who want for nothing.
Serena’s father has a sort of quiet dignity about him. He is a patient man, a loving father, an avid explorer and an Eco warrior. At the age of 70 he can run a marathon, climb any mountain and spends most of his free time hiking or kayaking in the back country. Things don’t make him happy, living does. He can have anything he wants but money cant buy the things he wants.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree but Serena falls on the opposite end of the financial equation, she works as a waitress, a ghost writer, a care giver, a maid, she volunteers, is a full time student a philanthropist and part time explorer. She has everything she wants but money didn’t buy any of it. Her motto is, “it takes a village to raise a child” she doesn’t want to adopt a child, she wants to adopt a whole village.
Perhaps I have lived a life too privileged, I have always had what I wanted and it has come as easy as making a commitment. I am surrounded by successful people all who have followed their dreams to success yet not a single one has measured their success in money. There are many blank pages in my journal soon to be filled so here I sit in my thinking chair wondering which direction to choose, once I commit to it there is no turning back.
As far as the question of how to get rich, if you don’t already know the answer, you never will.
“This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.” ~Douglas Adams, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy