At What Point Does Money No Longer Buy Happiness
Does choosing to follow a path of simplicity embracing life over money make you Happier?
Most of my writing doesn’t speak directly about personal finance. It does not provide you with fancy spreadsheets, budgets and calculations. It does not tell you how to make the most amount of money or what stocks to buy either. I talk about living life and how money should play it’s role.
I want to spend more time in the outdoors where life makes sense. I want to spend time not worrying about money or the stress that comes with it. I want to share my stories and experiences so that with hope you can find that place that makes sense to you as well.
This blog shares my belief that there is a better way to approach how we manage our financial navigation in our daily lives. We don’t need to buy into that indoctrination that society constantly drives down on us. Buy this house, get that loan, drive this car, pay your bills or get this new credit card.
Earn a living to meet your needs don’t let your work control your living.
My focus is on mindfully exploring the world we live in where the pursuit of money beyond our needs doesn’t add to our happiness. Simplify your needs and don’t get sucked into wasting away the precious time you have available at your disposal.
- Find work that appeals to you and then do your best. Find your joy.
- Avoid excessive spending as every dollar you waste represents more time at work
- Avoid taking on any debt. The burden is like an anchor inhibiting your freedom
- Save intelligently for the future. A high savings rate will ensure financial independence
More Money Does Not Equal More Happiness
I wanted to share these thoughts with you again and keep vigilant with my efforts to install this way of thinking with you. I feel passionately about this and I was emotionally invigorated with happiness and steadfast desire in my goals thanks to Brendan Leonard and his website Semi-Rad .
Brendan is a hella inspirational dude and every Friday he shares what has inspired him that week. Well this time he dropped a bomb on me with a short film, John Shocklee: A Fairy Tale by Yeti .
What I really like about this video though is the message it shares about living life in happiness. Don’t let money stresses and unnecessary excess burden keep you from pursuing what brings you joy.
At the end of the video John speaks about a t-shirt he has that says “Ultimate Peter Pan” on it. His thoughts on what the shirt means to him was the premise of this video. It equally parallels my path in life that I want you to see for yourselves.
Embrace Life with Youthful Passion and Excitement
I pondered on what John spoke off in regards to Peter Pan and made my own interpretation of his message.
Be a hero to those around you, inspire them with your youthful embrace on life. Don’t allow the conformity of society to let you think that your choices are tragic and not the right path.
I am captivated by thoughts of the future, the dreams of adventure and life less structured. I enjoy being that 40 something year old chasing adventure and hanging out with 20 year olds in the mountains. I want to feel as young as I do in my mind.
Live your life mindfully in each moment. Enjoy the happiness that comes from simplicity. Avoid the pursuit of the infinite loop that an unhealthy desire for money can bring.
For those of you that enjoy some real in-depth stats and research with further discussion on the topic follow this article from the Wall Street Journal from 2014.
You can also read one of my older posts that explained some simple ideas on personal finance that will allow you to pursue your desire to get outdoors more.