We are rich. With happiness. No, I know that’s not what you meant when you looked at the new house two doors down from us and said you wish we had THAT house. Duh, I mean look at it. It’s like three or four stories with a three-car garage, practically has turrets, and it’s MASSIVE. Its bonus rooms have bonus rooms.
I see a house like that and I get heart palpitations thinking about what the utility bills must be, but I know people who build houses like that don’t have to worry about utility bills. And if they do they can just sell their Tesla or their Louis Vuitton luggage or rent out a room in the East wing.
So yeah, I understand why you want that. But I’m serious when I tell you to be happy with what you have. A souped-up Porsche doesn’t make you happy. Well, maybe it does. But it doesn’t make you the kind of happy we are when the whole family piles into bed together on a lazy weekend morning. Or the kind of happy we are when throw together an impromptu campfire to roast marshmallows with friends who popped by because they heard you guys running around in our backyard. Our unlandscaped backyard with hand-me-down furniture and a grill with a broken handle that’s been duct taped over and over again.
You can drool with jealousy over what you don’t have or you can smile with happiness over what you do have. You get to choose.
Being rich is not about having the biggest house or the fastest car or the shiniest diamonds. There are people who live in one-room apartments who are rich with happiness. There are people who walk around with all of their possessions on their back who are rich with happiness. There are people who sleep under the stars and only own a bicycle who are rich with happiness.
So no, there’s nothing wrong with wanting a house like that when you get older, as long as you know that what’s more important is what’s on the inside. Not the stuff that’s from Crate and Barrel or Restoration Hardware or Neimans. I’m talking about love, laughter, health, peace and happiness. The things that really make a person rich.
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