It would have been nice if you had all the money in this world. You could escape the oppressive heat in the Philippines and vacation in Dublin. Or Alaska. How wonderful could that be!
You could replace your phone every 6 months every time there is a new version of Samsung Galaxy or Iphone. Imagine that. Or have at least 2 of the latest tablets in the market. Maybe one Ipad Mini and one Kindle. For those who love to read. Or one Ipad 2 and one Samsung Tablet for those who love to play online games. That would really be cool!
You could eat all the sumptuous food you have always wanted to try but could not afford. How about that eat-all-you can buffet restaurant in that hotel that serves all the mouth-watering sense-overloading food from all the regions of this earth. Wow, just imagine that. What restaurant have you always wanted to go to but can’t? And now, with lots of money, you can! Maybe try another one for dinner next Sunday. And another one for dinner Sunday after that. And try another. . . Now, you may need to spend money on gym memberships and the services of a good fitness instructor. That’s not a problem. You have money.
You don’t even need to work. My God! Isn’t wonderful?! You don’t need to endure your control-freak boss. No pesky client calls. You don’t need to pretend you like your office mates. All day, you can just play golf. Or relax on a hammock in a paradise beach.
That’s the life! You say.
How wonderful to dream. But today, I woke up and realized I will never have all the money in this world. And even if I will have (which is really very unlikely), imagine how purposeless and shallow that kind of life would be. It would be nice to take a breather once in a while. To go to a nice place once in a while. Splurge on a new phone or tablet every 2 years. Not bad.
But imagine, having all the money and having all the things and all the sense experiences that money can buy, every day of your life. No work. Just laze around and load your senses with “the good life” until you die. I don’t know about you but to me, that would not equate, not even get close, to the meaning of a happy life or at least a bearable life.
Since this post is getting long, I’ll make my point and just insert the title here: The best things in life are still free (almost). Things like the following:
- A good conversation with a good friend
- A solitary walk with nature
- Time to laugh and play with children
- Working in a job that you are passionate about
- Doing something that makes you feel that you are making a difference in others’ lives
- Waking up every day excited and grateful
Cheers to the real “good life”! :-)