We just spent the weekend up in the North Georgia Mountains with some of our best friends. We have a pretty diverse group of friends, and all of us have vastly different career paths, so we have to schedule time for all of us to get together. The best time for us to do that is typically every November, without any kids, and far enough up in the mountains to where we do not get cellphone coverage.
Especially with kids now-a-days, it has become more difficult for us to actually make time to just talk with other parents that are on our same wavelength, and simply just decompress from all of the shit we deal with. All in all, there were a total of four couples on this trip, staying in a beautiful mountain top cabin where food and drinks were plentiful.
While sitting in the hot tub one night chatting about life with my four buddies we got on subject of our wives being nagging little shits, when all of them are stay at home moms and really do not stress about anything other than where’s the wine, where’s the cleaning lady, where’s the baby… In that order.
One thing became incredibly apparent while chatting with them… All of us really live conservatively and try to give back as much as possible to where we came from in life or to those that are less fortunate. Additionally, we stay on top of our household finances pretty intensely to ensure we are not just squandering money away.
It became very apparent though that the way we looked at life was vastly different than a lot of our peers and friends. This was simply because of the fact that all four of us came from nothing, and we have turned our lives into something for our families and ourselves. Others that we are friends with, primarily came from money and very well off families, which i believe somewhat skewed their perception of life.
You appreciate things a whole hell of a lot more when you have worked for them and when you have taken the time to actually put the sweat equity into your overall quality of life. I would advise anyone, even if you are blessed enough to have come from a very well off family, to get your ass out there and work like a slave.
There’s a certain respect your gain for what you’ve worked for that can only help your financial livelihood.