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  • Writer's pictureKayla

Happiness Has No Price Tag

Contrary to what we see in television and movies, not everything that matters in life can be purchased with green government created paper. Money can gain us many things, this is true, but it can also be a root to evil parts of ourselves we never thought we had.

Think about a conversation you have with someone you just met. You get all the usual questions:

  • What do you do for a living?

  • Where have you been on vacation?

  • What kind of car do you drive?

  • What do you like to do for fun?

  • I love that perfume you’re wearing… Where did you get it?

Sometimes, this can be someone trying to financially size you up.

I can almost guarantee that even if it’s true, you’re not going to pop off with -

  • I am happily unemployed.

  • I’ve never traveled out of (Insert hometown here).

  • I have never owned a car and can’t afford one.

  • I mostly sit at home, eat and watch reruns of Friends.

  • Oh, thank you, I got it at the Doller General by my house.

I have never been a huge fan of money and it immediately gives me the wrong impression of the person asking these questions. It seems like everyone is in some secret battle and the winner ends up with a boatload of cash and a house in the Hamptons.

The Losers… Big fat goose egg.

The truth of the matter is, even if we don’t know we’re in the fight, we are. Even if we’re not keeping score, there are those around us constantly crunching the numbers.

And for what, to see if they got a better jacket than you this winter?

Who gives a shit?

To me, money is a necessary evil. Required to maintain life and continue to take care of my family. Nothing more.

The main focal point of my life is always my family, our health and our happiness. Money can’t buy family, and if it does… see how chummy they are when the well runs dry. I’m sure that money can assist with health issues when it comes to hospital bills and medication costs, but sometimes it doesn’t matter if you have all the money in the world. Sometimes, things go bad with someone’s health and there is nothing that can be done.

I’m sure you heard the saying…

“Money can’t buy you happiness, but it would sure as hell make things easier.”

Which is not wrong, per se. However, the true feeling of happiness does not come from finances. Can finances give you love and respect? Can finances put joy into your heart? No, they can’t. They can purchase things to help you gain those things from time to time, but it is not the finances that give you those feelings. Where those feelings derive from is people, nature and the world.

The smell of a bright sunny morning, the feeling of a warm blanket, or the comfort of a long hug. These things cannot be gained by money.

What truly brings you joy throughout your life are the things that no one can put a price on. The giggle of your child, the sound of the wind on a crisp October day, the feeling of a warm bath after a long day and watching your family playing outside in the rain.

Soak in the joys that this life has to offer.

Without a price tag.

🧡Shine Bright, Kayla

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