Sometimes, it takes some people to really understand what living within your means, truly, means. No pun intended. I was one of those people but I have finally gotten it. I have finally at the age of almost forty-six realized that the only way on the income I have that I will ever be semi comfortable is to begin living within my limited means and sacrificing things I want. Getting those you live with may not always work out or it may take a long time for them to ……get it…
I have made many financial mistakes in the past thirteen years, I didn’t make them alone, I know the reasons why I made them. But, regardless of the reasons or who made them with me the point is they were made and now it’s time for reality to take hold or our lives will never change. We will always be short at the end of the month having to borrow into the following month, every thing that breaks down will be a crisis because there will never be any back up finances to pay for it, we will not get much needed medical care, we will always be scrounging. I have lived my entire life like this and I don’t want to live this way..
Then there may be others in your life or people you know who, still live like this but also still want what they want regardless of what’s really important and they ‘feel’ they are ‘entitled’ to have these things because after all, they worked hard their whole lives and so they should be able to have whatever they desire.. Well…… that’s a nice idea if you didn’t have to start all over halfway through your life, if you didn’t make all the financial blunders you did and if you’re financially well off..
I have never been financially well off, I will never be financially well off and most of the people I know are not and never will be financially well off. This is a fact that I have come to accept and I am fine with it. It can be very hard to get people to understand that what they have is enough. We live in a country where society tells us we need more, more and more and we need better than we had or have. This is one of the biggest lies to ever come down the pike. Even those of us who have minimal financial means, if we live in the United States I can bet we all have what we already need as far as material items go.
A large majority of us are very blessed. We have a roof over our head. No it may not be a mansion but it’s a warm in the winter, cool in the summer, comfortable roof over our heads. We have beds to sleep in, clothes in our closets, food on our tables, cars under our butts, computers, smart phones, tablets, etc. and the means to pay for it all regardless of how we make our money.. What else do we truly need when it comes to material things? I’d say, not much. But we have been lead to believe it’s never enough. So many people in this world don’t have even the smallest necessities to sustain life and we complain? Here’s the hard part.. Getting your spouse, family etc to see this, accept this, be thankful for what you do have..
How do we do that? Honestly, I have no idea.. I am trying but having a very hard time.. Are you having this problem? Have you had this problem? If you have and you have been able to get your family /spouse to see, would you be so kind to share with those of us who are struggling?