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        08-14-2012, 12:31 PM
      #31
    Green Broke
    I am like you Kitten, I do not like cars - I particularly do not like paved roads - and they are everywhere!
    When I was a kid, I chance happened to meet a family whilst riding one summer. I found them so fascinating and their life so incredibly wonderful I decided I wanted what they had - so I guess, to me, they were rich beyond belief. I have never achieved it, not for lack of trying and not b/c I did not achieve the monetary wealth to do so, but b/c the forces of society are to great to overcome. This family lived on a 100 or so acre farm. They were not formally educated, did not speak correct english, and their kids didn't wear braces - but to me, they "had it all". Their house was built by their grandparents - kind of cabin-esque. No phone, and no indoor running water - no kidding. Everything was so simple and so immaculate. They were such a close knit, "fun loving" and giving family. They knew how to do everything well: sew, cook from scratch, fix engines, build stuff. And, they were resourceful beyond belief. I rode w their children and really wished I were one of them. They did not have the "things" I did, none of which made me as happy as I felt I would be if I were they. I realized they would have been made fun of by my ordinary friends....but when I was w them my ordinary friends seemed so incredibly clueless. They rode w old scratchy rope for reins. At very first I thought they should "fix" that...but then, what for? It is amazing how much "snobbery" one has that comes entirely from their environment - not from "functionality".

    The technostructure has us all by the *ss. I do not see how that life could be improved on. It is not they that needed an education. Whist I would have given anything to live that life, you grow up and realize not everyone would, and it would not prepare your own children for the technostructure ....so, no matter how much or how little money it would have taken for me to be as "super rich" as they were...it just wasn't/isn't possible. Its a mad, mad world.
         
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        08-14-2012, 01:17 PM
      #32
    Weanling
    Isn't there an old saying that goes thusly:

    "I used to have money, but now I have a horse."

    Personally I am hopelessly middle-class. And am not good enough with my money to ever become wealthy I think: money burns my pocket. But I will admit, I wouldn't mind being rich... at all!
         
        08-14-2012, 01:30 PM
      #33
    Super Moderator
    There sure are a lot of folks here who see their riches and appreciate them! Maybe being around horses makes us more likely to do so.
         
        08-14-2012, 01:53 PM
      #34
    Foal
    I'm not sure exactly what my mum's income is but it's not above 20,000. I don't see us as being poor, as we can afford our cats and rabbit and my riding lessons, but we definitely aren't rich. We don't have expensive holidays, lots of clothes or the latest technology. No way could we afford a horse, even if we gave up a lot of stuff.

    I see my friends with horses as being wealthy because it is more than my family could afford, but I suppose my life is also "rich" because we can afford to have our cats and rabbit, and I know that some people would not be able to afford that.

    I suppose richness can depend on who you mix with as well, if all my friends were really poor then I would be seen as quite rich, but as most of my friends have more money than me I see myself as being poorer. It can make me quite jealous when they talk about there horses so casually, like everyone can afford it, when my mum can just afford to pay for my riding lessons (I know that it takes quite a bit of money away from the family).
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        08-14-2012, 05:47 PM
      #35
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    Originally Posted by vergo97    
    I'm not sure exactly what my mum's income is but it's not above 20,000. I don't see us as being poor, as we can afford our cats and rabbit and my riding lessons, but we definitely aren't rich. We don't have expensive holidays, lots of clothes or the latest technology. No way could we afford a horse, even if we gave up a lot of stuff.

    I see my friends with horses as being wealthy because it is more than my family could afford, but I suppose my life is also "rich" because we can afford to have our cats and rabbit, and I know that some people would not be able to afford that.

    I suppose richness can depend on who you mix with as well, if all my friends were really poor then I would be seen as quite rich, but as most of my friends have more money than me I see myself as being poorer. It can make me quite jealous when they talk about there horses so casually, like everyone can afford it, when my mum can just afford to pay for my riding lessons (I know that it takes quite a bit of money away from the family).
    Let me just say that for someone that is just fixing to turn 15 in a couple of weeks I really like your attitude and outlook on your life. I'm afraid to say that over here many, if not most (but certainly not all), girls your age moan and complain about not having this or that, and have come to expect anything and everything they desire. We are waaay too materialistic and entitlement minded over here. Happy upcoming birthday...
         
        08-14-2012, 05:55 PM
      #36
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    I don't call rich paying your bills and having some left... I call it having excess that you don't need to live. To be I have one brother that is rich... he is worth several million. I get buy, as does the rest of my family.
         
        08-14-2012, 06:09 PM
      #37
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Faceman    
    Let me just say that for someone that is just fixing to turn 15 in a couple of weeks I really like your attitude and outlook on your life. I'm afraid to say that over here many, if not most (but certainly not all), girls your age moan and complain about not having this or that, and have come to expect anything and everything they desire. We are waaay too materialistic and entitlement minded over here. Happy upcoming birthday...
    Thank you :)

    I think quite a lot of my friends are materialistic, they think it is strange that I spend my birthday money on my pets and not for buying myself one of the latest gadgets or designer clothes.

    It probably sounds a bit soppy, but animals are my big aim in life. If I had a small house and basic things, but had pets then I would be very happy I suppose it's good that I haven't grown up with a lot of money, because if I do get a well payed job I will feel quite rich.
         
        08-14-2012, 08:30 PM
      #38
    Green Broke
    I used to think "if I had $5,000, I could pay off all our bills and we would be happy" Or "if I was rich I wouldn't have to worry". That is the wrong way to think. That amount only increases with the money you make. I have been on both sides of the fence and in between, the money doesn't make a difference. Most folks seem to spend what they earn, no matter how much it is. They just have to worry about a different amount :)
         
        08-14-2012, 09:13 PM
      #39
    Green Broke
    Why is everyone trying to define rich?

    What is the purpose of this discussion?
         
        08-14-2012, 09:21 PM
      #40
    Trained
    I am comfortable, not rich. I would be even more comfortable if I was rich!
         

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