Saying you don’t care about money is like saying you don’t care about oxygen.
You may not think about it all of the time, but you need it. By golly, you need it.
Why am I bringing this up? Because I don’t care about money. Let me explain myself. I fully understand the importance of money. It is not a luxury. It’s a necessity. Quite simply, you cannot survive without it.
But depending on it is another thing entirely. I don’t need money to be happy. I fully believe that. As long as I have enough to support my bare minimum needs, so I could live a comfortable lifestyle and still do all the recreational things I enjoy doing, then that’s all I need.
Now let me be clear: I’m not saying this as a badge of honor. My indifference for money does not make me better than anyone. If anything, it’s a huge hindrance. My lack of motivation to one day become rich will probably be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Ergo, I will never be rich.
Frankly, I wish I was rich. But not because I’d have unlimited money, but because then I wouldn’t even have to think about it anymore.
There’s a scene towards the end of Forrest Gump when Lieutenant Dan tells Forrest he took the money they earned shrimping and invested it in Apple, thereby making them multimillionaires. Forrest, who also lacks a genuine interest in money, stoically responds: “Great. That’s one less thing.”
That’s the feeling that I wish I could one day experience. Somebody telling me that I don’t even have to think about money anymore. I’d hop in a car tomorrow and travel across the country to all the places I’ve never been. And I’d be the happiest person in the world.
But that requires money.
So where do you draw the line? Can any one ever genuinely say they “Don’t care about money” and truly mean it? Where do you strike the balance between not wanting to think about it, but also maintaining an urge to earn enough of it to live comfortably?
50 Cent preaches to “Get Rich or Die Tryin’.” Puff Daddy said it’s all about the Benjamins.
But allow me to quote Jessie J’s 2011 hit, “Price Tag,” when she says, “It’s not about the money, money, money/ We don’t need your money, money, money/ We just wanna make the world dance/ Forget about the price tag.”
Yeah, when you quote Jessie J to prove your point, you know you’re fighting a losing argument.