All through life, we were taught to believe that bigger is better. More, more, more our teachers would say; higher, higher, and higher, our parents cheered.
When we grew up, we carried this mentality as the way of life. We stretched to buy the biggest house, we worked long hours to advance our career as much as possible and we did everything we could to grow our money. We were hypnotized that the “better”option is always what is best for us.
A couple of days ago, Emma and I were trying to decide on a place to eat. We thought about the sushi place across the street, the korean barbeque on the other side of town and the McDonald’s close by.
In the end, we went to McDonalds and had a very satisfying experience. For a little over $8, we had 3 sandwiches, 2 fries, 2 sundaes and drinks.
If we went to the sushi place, we might end up being “sort of” full with a $60 bill.
Supersized Fries or the Supersized House?
When we were looking at houses a year ago, we saw many that have almost no furniture inside. These are not cheap houses mind you. These are houses that were being listed for $600,000 dollars with no furniture. Apparently, many home owners wanted the bigger house but couldn’t afford to even put furniture inside their home. They must’ve always picked the sushi place and forget that you can supersized your McDonald’s happy meal as well.
Fallacy of Chasing Your Dreams
Who doesn’t want that bigger house or be a (multi)millionaire but what is the true cost of your pursuit? Are you actually living life while you work ten hours a day and commute for another two? The sad thing is that once you reach those goals, you will make new ones and there you go chasing it again. Like my old boss always says “it’s never enough”.
Live Your Life
There’s really one piece of advice. Know what is enough and live your life because you deserve it. The dollar menu ain’t so bad.