Life and stuff: Time vs money vs happiness
Tool or tyrant? Friend or foe?
I can’t quite decide at the moment. I’ve changed my working life in order to be happier but as my bank balance dwindles, I am starting to question my decision. Was it really a good idea to give up full-time work in order to pursue a bohemian ideal? Shouldn’t I be saving, super-annuating and insuring things?
Around me, mortgages flourish into fixed assets while I shovel money into the fire pit that is Sydney. Last we checked, The First Husband and I had paid $65,000 in rent two-and-a-half years.
What have I really got to show for 16 years of work? Two poodles and a variety of handwoven tablecloths purchased around the world. Seven, to be exact.
But here’s the catch: I want to travel and travel requires money. In some cases – onsens in Kyoto, a cup of tea in London, a night in Huka Lodge – lots and lots of it.
And then there’s the issue of time. Travel takes time. In some cases – travelling across Europe by train, getting from one end of South America to the other, hitting your stride in India – lots and lots of it.
So what is a girl to do? I need lots of time and lots of money and I don’t want to work in a conventional, full-time office job. I am so much happier the way my life is now (working as a freelancer, sleeping in whenever I can) but maybe I need to find a benefactor. Anyone know a cashed up, bored investor who likes travel blogs?
What do you think about the perpetually perplexing time + money + happiness equation, precious readers? Have you found the perfect balance?