i was born and bought up in a middle class family, so i never considered myself wealthy. though i have been around friends, relatives and acquaintances who are wealthy and ideally i should not have any problem with that. but i guess this is the only reason why i am not fond of the wealthy. i don’t mean to say that they are bad people or anything like that, but i feel they just don’t care about the money (at least the ones that i’ve known) seriously! a lot of my friends could just spend money unnecessarily on materialistic things. they are important – i agree! but how much of them?? i feel that there is no end to this. so there is this one set of people who just care about money and the only thing they want to do in their life is make money – flaunt the top brands they wear, luxury cars, invest money in things that aren’t necessary for them – but are important to show that they are no less than others. seriously! what is this madness? you make plenty of money- good for you! at least invest in something sensible or something that is important for you rather than competing with others!
what hurts me is the category of people who were once very humble and nice and then they are suddenly taken over by all the pampering, luxuries and of course the pride that comes with the money. i don’t think i will be able to ever understand this- why and how it happens? it surprises me when i see someone changing as soon as money comes in. people should realize that money can come and go and they should always keep their feet on the ground! i’ve seen people becoming so sensitive about their ego and reckless with others. i feel sorry for these people. i am not suggesting to not spend on anything. you have money- spend it, but spend it sensibly, spend it usefully – spend it on the car you like, rather than intentionally spending it on a crazy expensive car just to show off.
i guess somewhere it also comes down to your upbringing, being born in a middle class family – my parents gave me everything i needed and they never pampered me with anything. i was very much under control and i am today as well and the sort of people i’ve met have definitely made me feel thankful for my upbringing and how my parents have built this sense of balance in me without even making me realize it. and i’m also thankful for the good rich people ive met recently who know making money is not easy and it can come and go. so being humble, grounded and spending it sensibly is the best thing do.
“There’s always something to do if you don’t have to work or consider the cost. It’s no real fun but the rich don’t know that. They never had any. They never want anything very hard except maybe somebody else’s wife and that’s a pretty pale desire compared with the way a plumber’s wife wants new curtains for the living room.”
― Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye