What’s Enough Money? #LifeThisWeek 6/52. 2017.21.
I am someone who thought she never had ‘enough money’ for quite some time. Decades.
It did not matter that I worked full-time in a professional career, and we were paying off a lovely house and car, could buy most things I needed when I needed them, could assist our family in a financial way if necessary.
This was because I continued to compare myself to others.
Especially others who I believed were doing better than me, who had more than me and were obviously well-off financially.
It has taken around the past 2 years for me to edge this belief to the kerb, and whilst not quite kicking it down the gutter, my mind set has shifted for these reasons.
- gratitude to have a healthy and happy relationship with my husband
- thankful to arise each day to a new day where I remain well in most respects in accord with my age
- grown up family members who are settled and caring for themselves and no longer need our input in any respect
- a comfortable house which we rent until we are ready to buy and this is giving us time to determine where our permanent home will be
- a day to day existence that is relaxed, pleasant and we have enough to keep us safe, fed, sheltered, learning and amused
- we can afford health insurance, insurance for belongings and cars, items such as gifts although we have dialled back the spending there considerably, some spending for a short holiday but neither of us want to travel so that satisfies us, money for art supplies and hobbies such as music and woodworking
- there is a back-up plan of savings for what might be needed but there is no longer an obsession that it is not enough
There was a time in mid-late 2014 when it was not this pleasant. I had to finish work and our mortgage payments could not be sustained but more than that…we were actually ready to sell and move on but it took both reasons – I wanted to finish work and we had to get some money behind us to leave Sydney – for us to do so.
The relief from the house sale going through in mid January 2015 was marvellous and I celebrated not with a champagne but an icy pole gazing at the waters at Ettalong.
Keeping it real. And from then on, the attitude shift has evolved.
We have enough money.
How is this for you?
Everyone is different of course.
We have been married for over 46 years and one of us receives a lifetime pension and both of us some government benefits based on our age. It is enough.
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