Forgot to mention that I am not a consumer. My husband and I started
long ago to judge the cost of luxuries, etc., in terms of hours
worked to pay for them. There’s really nothing I need that I don’t
have. I think the main financial “wants” that my husband and I both
have is for more equipment/tools to take part in our passions–me as
a jeweler and him as a fine furniture maker. We would like to travel
a little more but if I had to choose between going back to a job full
time and a vacation, I’d gladly skip the vacation.
I don’t want to buy anything else to dust. I don’t want to own any
more pets (although I love animals and will always be involved in
their welfare in some way). We own one car and share it. Our
furniture is old but presentable. We don’t take expensive
vacations…you get the picture. I think this is an age-related
thing. I am 58. I didn’t feel this way when I was 30. Instead, I
wanted all the stuff in spite of the debt that came with it.
What makes me happy? I have discovered again and again that I am the
most happy when I am creating. The rest of the time, life is not
nearly as rewarding for me. So the most important thing for me to
"buy" is my freedom to have time to create.
I will have to work part-time for now and maybe forever, who
knows–as long as I still have at least part-time to create.
J. S. (Sue) Ellington