Lifestyle and finances viewed differently

Many people have nothing left, or say they have nothing to do with it… luxury and money! Yet we all want to have enough money to live (luxuriously). The only question then is, when do you have enough money to live (luxuriously) and is enough ever enough?

To each his own comfort

For many people, having enough money is related to the comfort they want to live a pleasant life. However, this does not yield anything concrete, because everyone has their own standards of comfort and pleasant living. In addition, pushing the (luxury) boundaries plays a role for many people, this is inherent to humanity. Raising money to increase the level of comfort/luxury. People want more, because the home is quickly exchanged for larger and more luxurious living. The summer holidays are no longer enough and there must also be a winter sports holiday, preferably something nice and short in the spring and autumn. After all, children should not lack anything and a lot of money is spent on clothing, hobbies and gadgets.

Back to basics

There is nothing wrong with luxury, but while many people have to pay more attention than ever to their money, it doesn’t hurt to let go of the thoughts about what you think you need for a moment. Try to stay above the matter and look objectively at what you really need to have a good and happy life. Back to basics means looking at what you really need, and it goes without saying that health is at the top of the list. Unfortunately, this aspect is only partly under our control. Furthermore, it is important to have normal shelter and there must be enough money to buy food. However, if we take a closer look at these two basic needs, there is already reason for different views. After all, for some people, living is a space to live, eat, sleep and wash, while others see living as a luxurious place that meets all modern needs and everything in between. This also applies to what children need, because in addition to love and attention, children need a healthy diet and lifestyle, sufficient clothing and the opportunity to develop. If you add up all these aspects, it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. But here too, we can make it as expensive and cheap as we want.

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Life questions

Go through all facets of your life to see to what extent you really need what you think you need. This does not mean that you have to go backwards in time, but ask yourself a number of questions to get an idea. Think about:

  • Having internet is fine, but is that second computer, laptop and/or tablet actually necessary?
  • If you want to always be reachable, a mobile phone is fine, but does a new and more luxurious one have to be available every year?
  • A holiday to reset the clocks and refuel is good, but are two, three or more holidays needed to achieve this?
  • Buying new clothes is always fun, but do you need yet another pair of pants, jacket or shoes to look nice?
  • Good food is important, but take a look at what you need to get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals. Is this in proportion to those full shopping bags that you take with you from the supermarket?

There are more questions to ask in this context. By the way, it is easiest and least drastic if you think of reasons why you confirm the above. But that also means that there is no point in going through this exercise. Accepting your current situation is also fine and take such action if you really want to change.

Self-esteem

Some people will argue that self-esteem belongs in this article, but there is indeed a portion of people who get their self-esteem from a large home, car and/or expensive clothing and jewelry. If you like luxury and you can honestly afford it, then that is a voluntary choice of someone, in which self-esteem or lack thereof can still play a role. However, if material possessions boost your self-esteem, it is important to look at why you are not getting that self-esteem from yourself. On the one hand to realize that self-esteem is inherent in humans and on the other hand to understand the costs of this expensive form of self-esteem. Moreover, and this is not the least of the problems, people who attribute value to a person because he or she has a huge house or a very expensive car, do not fully understand it themselves and/or very likely have a problem with their self-esteem. Where self-esteem should not be confused with awarding.

To trade

When you are ready to look at those life questions and take action, do so consciously and experience what it does to you. Realizing that being truly happy can also be achieved without all kinds of luxuries is liberating for many people. An additional aspect is the burden that is lost because you no longer have to be constantly stressed to bring in enough money. Be that as it may, it never hurts to look at your lifestyle and finances from a different perspective.