Do I want the money or mental sanity?
In my previous post about choosing money or mental sanity, I talked about my journey in my younger years. Now I want to touch on the real question I had to ask myself…Do I want the money or mental sanity? The answer is mental sanity. You may ask, Why not both? Well I think you could have both, but there is something you have to give up to have what you really want.
Let me explain. As I am maturing and getting wiser, life, family, friends and my dog are important to me. I would rather have the time with my family, friends and dog than working long hours or weekends. Overtime is no longer an option for me. As a salaried employee, overtime is taken away by taxes. It’s not a benefit to me. When I was younger, yes. But now, after losing my father in 2015 and other close family members along the way, I have really realized that life is precious and it can be gone in a minute. I understood this as I grew up but it didn’t get real until I lost my father.
I am now realizing that my mental health is important. How I show up in spaces is important. I want to be present for all life’s moments that are yet to come. I don’t want to be mentally and physically worn out to enjoy them. I am no good to the ones that are close to me if I am consistently tired or dead.
I want to be present for all life’s moments that are yet to come.
Don’t get me wrong, I want to make money; but at what cost? There comes a time when you have to ask yourself is money the most important or family? You can have both but there is a way to balance it all and stay healthy in all aspects of your life. Don’t let a job or passion wear you down. There is no time table for accomplishing goals in your life. Take your time. Live your life.
It’s okay to want to make money and be wealthy. There is nothing wrong with it. It’s how you go about it. As human beings we all should evolve or time. Evolution is a good thing. As we get older, our priorities change and we become focused on the importance of life and the people and things that matter most. As you are on your journey in life, stop and take time for you and/or the people that are important in your life. Enjoy the little things.