The ability to not have an income earned or otherwise comes with ample time to look back and evaluate one’s life. A philosophical statement to say that when you are broke, you think of how not to be broke and then you realise why you should not be broke.
I have a red leather wallet, gifted to me by a friend on my birthday. Like my Kanye West ringtone, I do not know how to function without the said wallet and that is why I am eternally gratefully that it is made from real leather and ofcourse, that it is red because looking for it is easy. This said wallet has had seasons, not that I have ever had Arab oil money, but there have been times when I was not really sure how much was in it = I was liquidish = I was assured that the money tap was running. And of course, there are moments when I know how much is in it. To the exact coin and the different shades of the notes and it is in these times that I guard it with my entire being and sometimes hide it even from myself 🙂
My wallet is a great economics professor, graphs and all provided in the course layout and these are some of the units it has taught.
CLASS 101: An empty wallet can inspire a change of direction.
If how you thought you would make money is not working , you wil leave that particular route and head in another direction.
Yes, you have a masters in rocket science but if no one wants to build a rocket or the production of rockets occurs once a year, you will realise that keeping rabbits will supplement the missing rocket money & along the way realise that your passion may not necessarily be the money maker.
CLASS 102: Don’t settle!
Yes, your passion may not be the money maker but that does not mean you should sell your soul to the devil. Doing something that kills your soul harms you in the long run and even with money pouring in you will remain unhappy and most likely spend that money to cover up the fact that you are unhappy.
- CLASS 202: Define what you do and enjoy it.
It is very easy to jump on the band wagon of what is ‘IT’ when you can bankroll the process. No questions asked to whether you enjoy the drink, meal or experience or the people involved. Life is about trying out new things and money helps you do that. Not a bad theory but there is something new everyday and you can adopt a lifestyle then have no cash in the bank and realise that you actually were not enjoying whatever it was you were indulging in.
You enjoy plain coffee, then stick with it. Machiatto and the ilk might be fancy words to roll out your toungue and be seen sipping but if you are not deep down in your heart enjoying it, what are you really doing it for? So drink the kahawa No.1, read the book, take the hike and play in the jumping castle! If they are not paying the bill, let them mind their own business (and you should actually let them).
In the same vein, some people’s company is actually not enjoyable. To enjoy their company one has to self-medicate with something (food +/- alcohol) and that is really not what life is about. Just easing yourself out of their life will bring such peace and clarity.
CLASS 304: Money is the great diffentiator.
Look the world over and notice the rich-poor gap but there are people who will only talk to you depending on what is in your wallet and then there are those who will talk to you but respect goes out of the window as your wallet grows thinner.
I call these people the “call me/tutafutane” crowd. They stop calling you and make it your task to call them and of course they will not take the call or will be busy till 400 days later and if you chance upon them in a social setting, they will heartily say hello, try to gauge the temperature in the wallet and if they cannot ascertain that you paid your way there, the magic word “TUTAFUTANE’ rolls out their tongue. To be honest, I stopped responding to that nonsense. All they receive is a blank stare. What are you that I need to hunt you down?
And ….Wisdom also dictates that I do not announce any increase in wealth lest the said people fish out my phone number (because they do not erase numbers just in case) and call you so that you can catch up.
CLASS 307: Window shopping can be a depressing exercise
You stroll into a shop to see what is new. You know you will buy nothing because you can afford nothing. Then you spot that one thing that makes your heart stop. In a design you love and you are sure it is a perfect fit but alas you place it back in the rack and walk on and keep thinking about it for days to come. And you finally learn to avoid finding out information that will be detrimental to your mental and emotional well being.
CLASS 401: I do not like being broke … and who does?
The discipline of putting the thought to ‘paper’ is a task. Maybe I do not enjoy writing or maybe I need to brush up on writing or maybe …….
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