Is there anything more important that money in this world?
“Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.” — P. J. O’Rourke
What’s more important than money? Time and health.
I used to be really greedy (and still am to an extent), but recently I’ve started to believe that time and health are more important than money. Now don’t worry I’m not here to create world peace or to preach to you. I just wanted to share my thoughts on the importance of health and time.
“People want to experience what they think only millions can buy.” — Tim Ferriss
Time is precious because once it’s gone it never comes back. You can always find more ways to make money or how to cut back on expenses. You’ll never be able to get time back. You’ll never be as young as you are right now.
I wanted to share a quick story about my friend Tom and time…
I used to hang out with Tom fairly often growing up. We were both the kind of dudes that worked full-time while studying. When college finished I was stoked to get to hang out with friends more often. Tom on the other hand decided that he need to work after college. His logic is that more money equals more girls and more fun. Over the years Tom has lost touch with everyone and has forgotten what it’s like to have fun. While I totally support working long hours to reach your goals, I also firmly believe that you’re never going to get your time back.
You can have all of the money in the world, but what’s it worth if you don’t have any time to enjoy it?
“Lost time is never found again.” — Benjamin Franklin
I always took my health for granted. When I was in college I would boast about how I also worked full-time. I would often consume a few cups of coffee before an exam because I was behind on sleep. Fortunately for me, I could get away with all of this because I’ve always had decent health (knock on wood!). Recently I’ve been around remarkable individuals that just haven’t been blessed with good health.
When you have good health you can do anything. The only thing stopping you is laziness and various other excuses (bad breakup, not enough time, or the classic “too busy”).
Here’s a quick story on health and money…
Once you’re health is gone with a chronic illness that can’t be properly treated you won’t care about money. I was chatting with one my supervisors and I asked him if he was planning on working much longer. He told me that the benefits help him pay for medication that his wife needs to treat her MS. He also let me know that when they were young they never had money. Their trips would be simple and very rare. Then in their later years they began to travel more. Now that they have money saved up, they just don’t have the health to travel. This older gentleman told me that when you have you health you can do anything you want to.
Here’s another quick story on health…
One of my friends work long and odd hours because he’s saving up for the future (which is what we all should be doing). The only problem is that he’s horrible with time management and taking care of his health. His odd hours have caused him many health problems because he doesn’t sleep properly. His lack of sleep often leads to grumpiness and he ends up eating junk food all of the time. He looks much older now. He has more money than ever but his health is deteriorating.
“Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering – an image of death.” — Buddha
I would like to think that there is. You can be a really successful person that has been blessed with good health and the ability to manage time like a champion. The problem is many of us can’t master excellent health, time, and money at the same time.
That’s why I feel that time and health are much more valuable to us. I’m also not oblivious to the fact that we all need money to survive and want money for comfort and luxury. I just feel that money is useless without time or health.
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” — Gandhi
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