A fresh start
Slowly, I started to change. I moved into an apartment with ugly brown carpeting in a boring neighborhood with a nice roommate. I started an emergency savings account, so I would stop selling off stocks to fund my whims. I made new friends who were struggling to make ends meet on their meager salaries. And I enthusiastically embraced $5 tacos for my 25th birthday dinner. I stopped doing coke.
Shopping … well, it’s still a little bit of a problem. I’m working on it.
Am I happier? I think so. I haven’t had another panic attack. I get satisfaction from watching my emergency savings rise. And I adore my friends, especially since they keep me grounded. Case in point: I’ve learned to love a summer stay-cation.
I’m also grateful for the huge safety net I have beneath me. Let me repeat that: I am so outrageously grateful for the fact that I will never end up homeless, that I can afford to have a job I love, that I don’t have student loans. Money buys me freedom from stress and worry.
But it’s true what they say: Money doesn’t buy happiness. It’s just a tool. If I use it wisely, I can inch closer to the life I want: an apartment of my own in the big city, a byline in a respected magazine and a tight-knit group of friends. As I found out -- thankfully early on -- it can also be a dangerous vehicle for self-destruction.
The name of the contributor has been changed to protect her identity and her financial accounts.
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I don't envy trust fund babies or the rich. I figure many of them lead hollow shallow lives. My husband & I came from no money & both worked our way thru college. Some of my best learning experiences were from the jobs I had to earn money those years.
I just hope this is a true story & not just something made up. If true Good for you, too bad you can't convince other T F babies what is really fulfilling in life, family, friends, helping others & how about a little volunteer work. Great that you gave to charity before you woke up.
I hate when people with money tell you "money doesn't buy happiness".
Thankfully, you saw the light and had a good head on your shoulders which enabled you to make positive life-changing choices ( I get the shopping part-lol)
You sound like a good person!
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