My generation is indeed an odd one. In my business course they talk about my generation (Xers-the 20’s through 40’s) as if we’re the ones that have all the money and want all the expensive things and are on “the fast track” in life and want everything immediately, we love new technology and are the ones that drive the Jags and the BMWs and have the six figure job.
When I read this, my first comment was, Where am I in this generation?
Apparently it’s true for some as I have learned. But not so much for me, and I’m guessing there is a wide array of Xers that don’t fit such a description.
Perhaps it’s simply that I have never known technology in the way they’ve described, I’ve never been in a Jaguar or BMW, much less driven one. The most I’ve made in my lifetime a year was less than 17,000 and so I honestly cannot say I would be unhappy, or happy, with a six figure job.
I think possibly having more money might make things easier. Which opposes the common adage that “money can’t buy happiness”, and also “nothing worth getting is easy” but I’ll admit, living on limited food, money and means is difficult, and it’s all I’ve ever known. So maybe life isn’t easy, and I know by watching others that money doesn’t make you happy, but I think I have figured it out.
It’s not about money at all. It’s about what you make of your life. You are in charge of your own happiness. No other person, thing (including money) or place can make you happy. You’re in charge of it, so find what makes you happy in life and go with it. Maybe my idea of happiness doesn’t include money, or maybe I just haven’t figured out what to do with myself yet. But I’m working on it. I’ll let you know when I find it.
But no matter the outcome, I’ll always know that my drive to be happy is what fueled me. Not money, BMWs and microwaves.
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