This is something I have thought about before.
I am not sure but I don't think I will feel sad or jealous if I were to attend gatherings where friends show off how well they are doing materially. They made their choices in life and I made mine.
I don't avoid social gatherings per se but I am very selective these days.
I have grown to enjoy my own company a lot more as I grow older. I like a quieter and simpler life.
Having fewer relationships in life promotes quiet and simplicity. However, no man is an island and I only maintain relationships which matter more to me.
When it comes to money, although we are all made differently, all of us need money in this modern world of ours.
However, it is good to remember that we only need so much money in life. This simple fact is lost on many as they pursue more material wealth than really necessary.
How much is enough?
How much is more than necessary?
The answers would differ from person to person, of course.
Whatever the answers might be, materially, we want to be comfortable while, financially, we need to be secure. Achieving this will give us peace of mind and I am sure we will feel happier then.
If we have achieved this, it is enough.
A story about a lady in my life.