I couldn't help but notice how some people are so jealous and envious of others that maybe richer than they are. Friends, one rich, one not. One dines on caviar, the other cereal. For years, everyone experiences similar things such as: housing, meals, classes, hangovers....you even shared the same tax bracket.
Ever think that maybe the result of the professions you chose, the families you came from, the people you married, dumb luck, bad luck or all the above.....all relates to whether you are eating caviar or cereal.
I have a friend that obsesses over another friend's net worth...what envy! But one things seems pretty clear to me is that whether you're feeling envious or envied, you either have to make your peace with the divide or risk drifting apart from each other.
I think more often, though, it's about a sense of loss or remorse about choices you didn't make or potential you didn't realize. Maybe, the person you envy represents the kind of ideal you haven't lived up to. Money definitely changes your choices about how you live, the company you keep and the work you seek. It also changes people's expectations of you and may change the way they behave towards you.
See, the knowledge you gain when you get older! So, while you're busy wondering how great it must be to make an outsized salary, own a beach house or jet off to Italy at the last minute, your friend may be envying you for having a balanced life, complete with a job, time to spend with friends, a great partner and kids. Yes, you are lucky! I feel lucky!
Okay, you are right, it is great to have a ton of money, cool down at the beach house and take last-minute jaunts to Europe. But, envy is the ultimate wet blanket. I always appreciate what I do have and made peace with the fact that someone else will always have more....so what....
I guess I got on a roll of "envy" from a comment a friend recently made to me......she is constantly wishing she would meet a rich, famous, wonderful man to change her life so she can eat caviar! Good luck waiting for that dream to come true........sometimes people don't realize how lucky they are. So take a broom to your envy and sweep it away! Such a waste of energy......
Wow, sometimes things that people say to me.....rent space in my head....I guess that's what gives me things to write about.