Can Money Actually Solve Your Problems?
Understanding the sentiment behind why people feel that all their problems can be solved by becoming more wealthy.
“Money is a tool, an instrument that is used to meet an end to a need.” -Internet
There are articles, videos, and vlogs that also tell us the story of how rich people are not happy or feel fulfilled with what they do so they quit to start a passion project or make a living out of their hobby because they are miserable with the job that gave them the wealth.
When we see such stories, we tend to question how the “rich” remain unfulfilled or unhappy at work or life, after hoarding money and obtain so much privilege which almost no common person can obtain.
These stories are quite interesting and make us think about various factors and aspects of life but the focus always shifts to a narrative where gaining wealth does not give you happiness but makes you miserable.
Every single one of us goes to work every day and most of us might not enjoy what we do but we still do it so that we can earn a living. We struggle and run behind wealth because we believe it can solve our problems and forget to live a life and spend most of our time in a never-ending rat race until we die or achieve our dreams which is good because we never give up but on the flip side if we don’t enjoy life while we live what is the point of the wealth we gain.
Irrespective of how much we make we all need to work let it be a million or a thousand dollars and if the work we do does not make us happy at the end of the day what is the point of the work or the money. You might be wondering why they are unhappy when they earn millions why don’t they quit being miserable, because it’s not that simple.
Finding the fulfillment lies within us being a janitor at a hospital or whether it be a manager at a hedge fund we gain happiness through the fulfillment of our job by the difference we make.
Money Problems v/s Life Problems
This is where the aspect of understanding the problems comes into play. I have somewhat of a unique perspective on this subject because I was poor compared to the rest of the kids at school and Uni but through the struggles of my family and me, we are currently in a better state in society feel that gaining the wealth actually helped me and solved the problems we faced as a family. I live a better life not an absurd rich one but a good one where I know where my next meal is coming from and if I lose what I have a way to get back to where I am.
Not everyone can relate and not blaming anyone but the struggles, opportunity, and wealth made me a better person the wealth did help me dream again and live a life I will remember even if the work I did to get here was miserable and made me feel worthless.
So if money did solve my problems why is the idea “money won’t solve your problems” real and relatable to people? When money can typically solve at least half the problems people at or below the poverty line face why do they not agree to the sentiment?
I feel this is because people do not quite understand how much of a value/role money places in our lives because for anyone struggling to make ends meet money will solve every single problem.
This is because when you are broke and have nothing positive in life on top of “life problems” such as finding love, peace, fulfillment, happiness, and purpose people have their “money problems” such as housing, healthcare, food, transportation, and clothes, etc. which seem to be a bigger burden than the problems we face in life irrespective of whether we are rich or poor.
When we get the money we tend to relax as we can solve our “money problems” and get more time to focus on “life problems” because we can see a tangible solution to issues we live through because if we don't know where we might sleep tonight or get our meal maintaining a love life or fulfillment does not take the priority.
Life will always contain problems that we all face and solve on our own through living but if living itself is hard without money then we cant say that money won't solve your problems when it actually can for most individuals.
So if you are someone who is struggling financially and someone tells you not to run behind money or wealth show them this and try to explain to them how much importance wealth actually plays that you need to help solve and live your life.
Finding meaning in work or life, in general, is hard and the only way to solve that problem is through living if you are overwhelmed by money problems work hard to reach the “money” that will solve the problems and then save it and use it to help you live your life but not spend it all to run the race for money again.
Usually, life is the best teacher to learn the way to live rather than a classroom or a school