Many years ago I took the decission to work with horses. I knew I would never be monetarily wealthy but I would be doing a job I loved.
I watched friends climb the ladder of success - they were earning five or six times the amount I was getting. They had weekends off, exotic holidays, good houses.
I too climbed the ladder and although I earned enough I was always way behind them. The big difference was that I was happy with my work even if it was often 24/7. They on the other hand wanted a new car every other year, bigger homes, new furniture and carpets. All of which I was told 'This cost ...' Many never had children because they would ruin the ideal life they thought they had.
When out with them I realised just how false their lives were. We had known each other for many years but when I met them in town, if I was in work clothes, it was all they could do to acknowledge me.
The funny thing was that many people I knew through the horses and fox hunting, were the people that these so called friends wanted to be in with because they were monetarily wealthy. They wanted to be with the 'in crowd' which they could never be.
Oddly and not bragging, I have met and been to far higher 'do's' than ever they have. I have met some very high powered and interesting people which they never have.
I have dirt under my fingernails, wear worn and torn clothing. Do not have designer clothes, certainly do not have a new car, new carpets or furniture. I am past retirement age but still enjoying my work.
I have my animals, my health and enough to get by on.
Am I rich? - you betcha!