We have all heard about the Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos split. Jeff Bezos's fortune amounts to 140 BILLION dollars. With that money, he could have bought absolutely anything in the world that he wanted. I mean, what would you choose to buy with that wealth? However, in the end, the one thing he couldn't buy was, clearly, a happy marriage.
Let's take a moment to imagine that you jump into the future 50 years. What aspects of your life are you reflecting on?
Are you thinking about the outfits you wore, the status you showed off with your nice car, and all the money you had to spend on things you wanted?
Or are you measuring the quality of your life through the relationships you had with others? Maybe, most significantly, a romantic relationship?
If you've turned on the radio recently, you'll know that it's no secret that one thing almost everyone desires the MOST is true love.
Our society has learned to laugh at that notion, saying that companionate/ realistic love is really the only type of romance people get in real life.
So what do we do? We turn to money. It fills all the emotional voids we have in our unfulfilling lives. Yes, our unfulfilling lives. If you were satisfied with every aspect of your life, there would be no need for spending money aside from survival essentials.
When you turn your back on the idea of true love because you deem it "unreal" and turn to money, you may as well call yourself Alexander Hamilton because you are setting yourself up for a long life of feeling unsatisfied. Because, the truth is, fairy tale romances do actually exist.
But money will never buy it for you.
In fact, it may distract you and create the illusion of true love. Just because you enjoy the fancy gifts, homes, and trips someone can provide you does not mean you are absolutely, truly, head over heels in love with them.
If you wouldn't be with your partner if they didn't have a dollar to their name, it's not true love.
You can't pay for someone to truly love you, and extravagant gifts will never buy someone's love, just their comfort.
So if you can't buy love, how do you get it?
You've been hearing this since grade school, but getting your priorities straight is a MUST.
Work is important, and earning a salary is necessary. But work and money should never be what is most important in life, and you should never prioritize money above a significant other.
Finding the person you are meant to be with takes time, and maintaining the love between the two of you is no simple task.
Always put your significant other ahead of any desire of yours. Their needs should always come first, and for them, your needs will always come first.
It's the little things that keep people madly in love, not something money can buy.
The conversations you have with each other from the heart, the extra burden you put on yourself one day to allow your significant other to sleep in, or the meal you prepare for them so they have one less thing to worry about. The little, everyday things remind your S/O that they mean the world to you. Not the amount of money they're willing to spend for you.
So next time you're counting up your money to see if you have enough to afford the next new fun thing you want, consider how worthless it actually is to the quality of your life.
Love will bring your life value. Money will you bring you materials.
Don't settle for someone you're comfortable with. Find that person you would be with if they didn't have a dime in the world because that person will make you happier than any amount of money or materials ever could.