Why I Don't Ever Want To Be Rich

07.08.11

There are expensive things and there are cheap things. Expensive things can be more reliable or just plain make your life simpler. Cheap things can be unreliable, wear out fast and even make a task harder to accomplish. So I can understand that in general it's nice to have expensive things.

However, I've heard too many people talk about how much they value expensive things and how they want to be rich someday. I'm sure even right now you can just imagine a large mansion, fancy cars, a swimming pool, trips to Europe whenever you feel like it, people waiting on you all day. Sounds lovely right?

Of course it does. But there's one thing most people don't realize. Expensive things are NOT appealing because they are more reliable than cheap things. They are appealing simply because they represent ease, simplicity and convenience. But the thing you have to keep in mind is it's very naive to think that a lazy life is a happy life. We all get tired and need a break, but how much do you really need to relax, and how long until it becomes boring? It's like all of us are working hard our whole life so that one day we can just sit around on our butts and do nothing. Does anyone really want that?

I don't know about you, but after I've been on vacation for a couple days I get really hungry to get up and do something again. That's why I decided long ago that being rich is not something I ever want. I would consider it a complete waste of time and money to buy a giant house, or pay for a maid, or drive a fancy car. Not because I'm frugal, but because I enjoy the regular challenges I'm faced with every day. I love to work! I prefer to make my own meals because it's enjoyable to create something that tastes wonderful. I like having a junky car because it means if I get in a car accident it doesn't cost too much to fix. I would never want to live in a large mansion because I know I'd only ever spend my time in one or two of the rooms. The rest of the space would go to waste and I'd be left feeling guilty, owning more than I need while others are starving and homeless.

But that's not the only reason why being rich is so unappealing to me. There's a profound strength of character that comes from searching wand ads for a job or having to earn your own money for college. Not having the world served on a platter makes life more meaningful and good fortune is considered a gift rather than an expectation.

At some point in our lives, every person on this Earth needs to learn to be thankful. Being thankful means you've learned to be happy with what you have and therefore never put too little value on the amazing gifts life has to offer. I can see no better way to learn to have a thankful heart than by being poor enough to have to work for what you want. If everything is handed to you, you'll never understand the value of anything.

These days, there are so many people who want so badly to be rich that the overall view of an object's worth is entirely warped. For example there is no real value in a diamond ring. Think about it! A diamond is just a shiny rock, perhaps somewhat hard to find, but still just a rock. Yet people pay thousands of dollars for just a tiny one to put on their finger.

Whenever I stay in a hotel, I'm perplexed at how much people value turn down service. How could someone you don't know walking into your private sleeping area and cleaning up your mess be more comfortable that just making the bed yourself?

People pay thousands of dollars for possessions that are used daily then waste a great deal of time working hard to keep them in the best condition possible, always with the excuse 'it was really expensive'. When buying homes, furniture, sports cars, and carpet it is only logical to spend as little as possible since you will be using them every day. There is really nothing you can do to prevent wear and tear and yet I've seen people get very frazzled trying to protect and keep their expensive things in mint condition.

I never want to be the type of person who puts value on an object just because it's considered 'fancy'. I never want to eat a meal or sleep in a comfortable bed and not be thankful for it, and I refuse to waste my whole life working hard so that in the end I can just sit on my butt and not do anything.

Perhaps you have a goal to be rich someday, but I sure don't. To me, desiring to be rich is a very empty goal. I see no value in such a life. I value a life full of hard work and I welcome the challenges I face. If that means my car is going to break down on the freeway tomorrow, then so be it. I'll just laugh and move on.

Article written by Shelly Allen.
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