Most people think this breezy indifference to wealth is a character flaw and they’re utterly mystified by it. Especially men, they think I’m an alien. But I think it’s liberating. Don’t get me wrong, I like money, it’s very handy. You can buy nice things and go nice places; you can indulge your every desire; you’re treated like royalty when you have gobs of cash. Meh, I’m fine with my small, but very lovely life.
My attitude is, and has always been, money’s the easiest thing in the world to replace. Think about it. We can’t ever replace the time we waste or the energy we spend or even the love we invest. We toss that stuff around without a second thought. But money? Oh, no. That we handle with neurotic, rigorous care. We chase and strive and scramble with exhausting vigilance.
But you know what? Money is a renewable resource. Lose it, waste it, throw it away, we can make more. Besides, there’s the possibility a check is in the mail, too, just ask someone who owes you. The absolute best part of having a cavalier approach to money, though, is being immune to bribery or influence. You get to live by your own rules and standards, whatever those may be. Money isn’t a lure. I like that. No, correction, I love that.
I drive a 17-year old car and live in t-shirts and Levi’s. My idea of the high life is a fat, greasy cheeseburger and a milkshake. I can rent movies and borrow books from the library, bask under the heat lamp in winter and lounge on the balcony in summer. I want for nothing.
Okay, one thing: I’d like politicians to stop vilifying me as an undesirable pariah just because I’m poor. There are better reasons, you know. ¹ Besides, I’m not the one walking around with my hand out and selling my soul to the highest bidder. Those dudes are flat-out moochers and they’re a disgrace.
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