The following video is going viral at the moment and, while I don't usually respond to most New-Agey type philosophies, I have to admit that this one made me stop and think. I've spent the bulk of my life (from about age 10) in a relentless quest for money. I spent a few of the intervening years desperately poor, and the insecurity born from that time has driven me to consider nearly everything (and everyone) else in life secondary to money. It occurs to me now that perhaps this isn't the healthiest world view. I'd like you to watch the video and then tell me what you think.
I've done very well in my life and I would never try to convince you otherwise, but my success (such as it is) came at a pretty heavy price: multiple failed marriages, intermittent addiction issues, a general distaste for those people I considered my inferiors (most of the human race, as long as I'm being honest).
I wonder how my life would be different if I just did what I wanted to from the beginning and didn't worry about the money. I was so afraid of being poor again that I was willing to do anything to avoid it, and that almost pathological drive did a lot of damage to those around me.
Thankfully, I'm doing what I've always wanted to do now (for the most part). But there was a time in my life when my greatest concern was whether the surf was breaking right or left. I wonder where I'd be if I hadn't changed.