Precious Things in Life In today’s modern society, economical status determines one’s social status. I have some friends who do not have any problem on spending their money to keep up with their lifestyle. They are given such privilege from their parents to be able to spend materially. In result, their social status among the others is considered privilege otherwise because of their exclusive lifestyle. They are often seen with a group of people who are in the same status range as them.
It may seem as if they are living a perfect life surrounded by high-end materials to a group of loyal friends.
However, it doesn’t seem as perfect as it seems once I get to know some of them. Money may buy us everything we can ever wish for. It allows us to purchase goods and services, gain respect from other people; it provides us with security, or even a family in some cases. Nevertheless, money can never provides us with permanent satisfaction but temporary.
Money can never buy us priceless moments, true happiness, or most importantly, time. These are the three things that we always wished for in our lives.
And my friends who live in a perfect life we all always assume, hardly experience true happiness behind the overwhelming economic supply their parents gave them. Their problems mostly revolve around family issues. Their parents are too busy working they don’t have any time to spare with them, thus them only could show their love by letting their children get whatever they want.
One of them once told me, she would trade everything she has right now with her parents’ time so she can feel the joy of spending even just a day being together as a whole family.
She told me that no matter how much money they are able to provide her, at the end of the day, it only provides her temporary satisfaction. Ever since she was a little girl, her parents barely spend time with her. She reminisced on how she wanted to go to a theme park badly with her parents like her friends at school always do, and ended up spending her day with her babysitter and her driver. She told me how she would have dinner at the dining table all by herself in silence, or sometimes she would ask her loyal babysitter to sit down with her just to chat.
She never gets home after school straightaway, she rather go out anywhere but home because she always thought she could find something better outside her home, temporarily. She may be able to get the most expensive designer handbags anytime, but the one thing she wished her money can be purchase for is the time and happiness with her family. She also doubts the friendship some of her friends in the group gave her, because they could be tagging her along just for fame, not for a genuine friendship.
From just hearing a story from one person, I could never be more thankful for what I have now. I may not have the same amount of money as they do, but I am given some things she could never buy with her money. Temporary satisfaction may feel nice at first, but in the end it doesn’t matter because the happiness does not last forever. Money can never buy us everything that is what I feel the society should learn and understand more about. We often think money solves everything therefore life would be easier the more money you get.
Happiness and time are two precious things that keep our life interesting and we often forget that. The most precious things in life are priceless and they can only be gained, not purchased. Humans tend to have their own concept of happiness. These days, the society finds their happiness from rich food, fine clothes, beautiful sights and ease. This is the problem. Sometimes the concept of happiness cannot be defined in physical form. Precious things that happened in our lives are designed in such twisted way for us to learn to appreciate for all we got.
Will money buy you happiness? No. Will more money gives you happiness? Maybe. A severe lack of money may brings you unhappiness but a genuine happiness is invaluable and has to be earned otherwise. Precious moments, too, are those we often wish to be able to capture them or nonetheless, remember. Everyone have a certain moment in our lives we wish to be able to turn back time and to experience it once again. In my friend’s case, she barely experience one and is waiting for it to happen, which she claimed to be impossible.
Most of us think that spending time with friends is a lot more fun than stay at home with our family. We often don’t realize that there are people out there who would trade their money just for a moment we could have for free everyday. Isn’t it tragic that her money may buy her acceptance from her friends but her own family? Perhaps we should question the genuineness of their friendship as it may be based on material acceptance. A true friendship is priceless and it will be clearly obvious when you hit the lowest point of your life.