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The Value of the Self Through Money

Who are you? What makes you? What defines you? Money is everything... Or is it?


We’ve all heard the phrase ‘money makes the world go round’, but what does it really mean? While money may be a universal currency that can influence many aspects of life, it can also be seen as a metaphor for the way society works.


It is often used to signify power and control, and its importance in various social systems has become increasingly apparent. However, cash, online bank accounts with numbers on your screen, fluctuating and always-changing cryptocurrencies; do not define the person that you are.



It is true, we live in a hyper-materialistic world made and created by money and the constant exchange of what we define as a valuable social medium to trade items and services with. This materialistic society has influenced us to believe that in order to survive and improve ourselves we need to have money or savings set aside. The ongoing cost-of-living crisis post-pandemic, the constant and seemingly eternal inflation and increase in prices, have brought extensive amounts of stress, anxiety and worry within our households and ourselves as individuals.


Even though this is a stressful time, I am here to remind you that life is so much more than the tangible materials that make your external image or multiple numbers on your phone screen when checking your savings and budget for the month. You have been blessed with a life full of opportunities and moments of joy and happiness that money cannot buy; live your life to the fullest.

 
"Everyday is a bank account, and time is our currency. No one is rich, no one is poor, we've got 24 hours each" - Christopher Rice, New York Times Best Seller
 

Money does not define us!


It is a common misconception that money defines us as individuals. This could not be further from the truth; our character, morals, and values are what make us who we are, not the amount of money in our bank accounts.


Money may be important to some extent, but it should never be the be-all and end-all. We should never allow it to control us or dictate our happiness. At the end of the day, it is what we do with that money that really counts!


Do we use it to help others? Do we use it to further our own selfish goals? These are the things that truly define us, not the size of our bank balances. So next time you find yourself worrying about money, remember that there are plenty of opportunities to conduct your life with meaning and purpose without needing to be extremely wealthy and rich, by just helping a person in need, being kind to others and finding satisfactions in the moments that life presents you with.


 

Health is wealth


Having good physical and mental health is the most important wealth one can have and it is the foundation upon which all other forms of wealth are built.


Without good health, it is difficult to enjoy life's many riches. Money cannot buy happiness, but good health can. It allows us to enjoy time with our families, embrace our hobbies, and our work. It also enables us to pursue our dreams and goals. Positive and good health is the foundation of a happy and fulfilling life.


Money can buy a lot of things, but it cannot buy good health. That's why we should always prioritize our health over material possessions. Going out for a simple refreshing run, jog, walk or hike will help, spending more time with family and friends will help, and all of these small remedies and moments are the things that create happiness and joy in our lives.


 

Freedom


In a world where money seems to be the only thing that matters, it's easy to forget what's truly important in life. We get so caught up in the rat race that we forget what it means to truly be free.


But what does it mean to be free? To me, it means living a life that is not controlled by money. It means being able to do what you want, when you want, without having to worry about whether or not you can afford it. It means being able to give freely, without expecting anything in return.


True freedom is not something that can be bought with money. It's something that we all have the power to create for ourselves. So if you're feeling trapped by your finances, remember that you have the power to break free. Start living your life for yourself, and not for your bank account. Be free!







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