I am reading the current memoir by comedienne Chelsea Handler. She reached the top of her field, had personal jets, her own TV show and lots of money but she wrote this: It wasn’t all it was cracked up to me. I wanted to go INWARD.
She wanted a simpler life.
I think we all like having enough money to be able to live comfortably and have our needs met. Who doesn’t? But, I see way too many people with loads of money who are miserable and more modest living people who seem more content. Hmmm. What does that mean?
In my life I’ve seen both sides of this equation. I’ve been super low on funds much of the time when I was a struggling singer. I sang for tips in my 20’s. In my late 20’s and 30’s I sometimes slept on friends couches in between music gigs. I’ve emptied change out of my purses many times for food, and had dollar menu items for dinners.
I’ve also made a large amount of money in two creative endeavors.
I got paid over $1,000 a week, sometimes $2,000 a week, to sing around the world. Sometimes $1,000 or more for a one-nighter in Las Vegas or Atlantic City. Then, as my second career as a visual artist sometimes I made over 50,000 a year selling my art — in my small studio gallery.
But, guess what? The money didn’t necessarily make me happy. It did help ease some of my stress of paying my bills. No doubt about that. But, the happiest I’ve been in my life is sometimes with far less.
I’ve noticed that when I have enough to get by and some left over that’s enough. I can have a fulfilling life.
Like, right now I easily live modestly with less — but I feel freer than most times in my life!
I felt imprisoned often before.