I used to feel bad gambling, but I don’t anymore.
There was a time in my life when I would gamble socially. Every time I stumble across a casino table, I would play a couple hands. It was fun, and luckily, no harm done.
Eventually, I saw it as just another money drain. It was mathematically impossible to win, the more I played, the more I lost. With that in mind, my urge for gambling completely vanished. In fact, it’s been so long since I played that I don’t even remember what the excitement was like.
But now, at this very moment, I need to confess. I don’t feel bad gambling anymore.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m fully aware that gambling is problematic for many people. It has destroyed lives and families due to its addictive nature and, well, the speed that the activity can burn money. Yet, I’m no longer afraid to throw a few bucks in the fire.
Gambling is just another form of entertainment. The dealer will gladly take our money just as the cashier will happily take our credit card for a broadway show. The latter indulgence may seem a bit more responsible, but spending two hours at the show may be more costly for some than sitting in front of a slot machine. The casino is not the problem. The issue is with us.
- Anything that becomes uncontrollable is a problem.
- Any addiction can turn into a money drain.
- And any reason of justification is just an excuse.
The majority of the niceties we enjoy unfortunately require money. Without control, anything can create a problem. It doesn’t matter if it’s blackjack, coffee or splurging. Money spent is money lost. You do that enough times and even the wealthiest will get into trouble.
Saving money is about being responsible with your spending, not depriving ourselves from any single activity in particular. When it comes to our finances, the big picture view is much more important than every little detail.
I’m back from the cruise and getting my stride into the full steam of the daily routine. My friend is happily married, and it was a great experience for Emma and I on many levels. Stay tuned for more announcements in the coming days. (Trust me, it’s a big one…)