Are we really that rich when we drive imported cars, living in mansion, wearing designer clothes and having lunch at Starbucks?
Are we really that poor if we drive a used local production car, buying t shirt from pasar malam, living in a wooden house and work as a labor?
I’ve been thinking about that lately. My job sometimes gives satisfaction. Well, if something’s good happens, ultimate satisfaction. Sometimes it’s a miserable headache, too much to handle and too much to settle. Since the last couple of months, I hardly spent my night time at home, or with friends like I used to. I spent more time in the office, and making money.
It made me realized I’m going nowhere near wealth. Well, if you’re wondering why, I am not speaking in terms of cash and assets wealth, but my social life and my health. What’s better than spending dinner with families, watching TV with them, having teh tarik with friends, go to cinema, and all that things I can do before. My commitment took that kind of life away from me.
Sometimes I wonder if a farmer is better than me. Yeah, woke up early in the morning might be hard for me, but for them, it’s an obligation. But they have nothing to complaint; they walk their kids to school, lunch at home with family and any other thing they can do without considering job etiquette and professionalism. I had to set my alarm pretty loud so I can wake up for Subuh prayer, but get back to sleep afterwards. I envy anyone that can stay up after that and start their routine like any other day. Even my late grandpa told me, “lalat pun bangun awal cari makan”. Oh, how much I missed my late grandpa. I was there, sitting next to him when he breathes for the last time, giving me last advice so I can become someone someday.
I observed other peoples life; my friend, strangers, entrepreneurs, etc. I tried to find what will make them happy. Driving the latest BMW car would not make someone wealth, unless they paid cash for it. Some people have to work really hard to pay for their home, cars, furniture, kids school expenses, travels and the entire thing we want to enjoy. I know to pay for all those things, some have to work hard, spend over time in the office till late night, and losing valuable family times. I don’t want to see myself in the future like that, but I need a good life. Good life doesn’t come in free.
I want to drive high-end production car, I have to throw in big amount of money or paying large amount of monthly installment.
I want a security in life; I have to insure myself with life insurance, general insurance (for house) and other financial aid. It’s not free.
I want to have a good food, but I can’t cook that good, so I go to restaurant or warung instead of learning to cook so I can save time and get back to work to complete some job commitment.
I know we live in a fast pace-changing life; it’s challenging and demanding. If you can’t go with the flow, we are going nowhere but here. All of us have confidence, abilities, specialties and knowledge, but the difference is the level in each of the criteria. I might have the abilities, but lack of confidence or vice versa.
Life keep going, disregard our decision on making changes, because time don’t wait for anyone, it keep running from us we have to work hard catching up with time. And because of that, we lose valuable moments with family and friends. If things keep going like this, will there be a change in the way we keep our relationship with our families without working to hard to accommodate their needs financially?
I don’t want to be a workaholic, that’s for sure.