The Right Way to go backwards

Remember back in the 80’s and 90’s when you fell off your bike? You probably got back on it, despite the cuts and bruises. It’s what separates the men from the boys. It would probably be illegal by today’s standards to get back on after falling off.

The liberal agenda would want us to take our kids to the hospital. They might even tell them to apply for disability and that they wouldn’t be able to work for the rest of their life. Or that they have to take medicine forever.

As much as we try to believe in evolution and strive for progress, if you look close enough you realize that there is no such thing. We have basically been doing the same thing for centuries, only in different ways. Technology makes it easier, which often makes us lazier.

Maybe in a sense, we are not really progressing as much as we are regressing; aka progressively going back to where we started.

The irony of progressing right back where you started. Maybe we will go back to a time when people weren’t so sensitive and materialistic.

Party like it’s 1899.

Maybe it is too late

They say it is never too late to start again, or over. As optimistic as we try to make that sound, maybe it is too late. It is not that it is impossible because nothing is really impossible. It is just that as you get older, your values change. Life humbles you deeply as you age. You begin to realize that life is more than just achievements and consuming stuff.

When it comes to starting a family, it is not impossible to start one late in life. For health reasons, it may not be very wise. It may be hard to find a partner who is able to reproduce, and that is if you even are.

There are other options so all is not lost. Once you realize what is truly important in life, then you can redirect all of your interests toward serving that purpose.

For example, it might be too late to build a career as the older you get the more likely you are to be aged out since employers go for young talent. You can still use pursue your interests as a hobby. Again it is not impossible that that hobby could still turn into a career late in life. It’s just not guaranteed.

Nothing is promised in life. All we have is the present. Having goals keeps us alive but practicing mindfulness keeps us focused on the here and now. Just enjoy the journey and see where life takes you. We might even discover that life makes us rich in other ways that aren’t monetary.

How to live on $1000 a month

Even though the cost of living continues to rise, the poverty line still remains at or just above $1000 a month. Why is this? There are people who think anything less than $1000 or week, or even six figures a year, are living in poverty. There are people who make high incomes and talk about how poor they are.

Raising your standard of living is equated with raising your poverty line. Money doesn’t exist since real money is commodity money. The money we have today is just a bunch of debt. So if you don’t like debt, you don’t like money. Consequently the more money you need to live on, the more in debt you are.

We are all basically living on credit. The rich just live off the interest they make off of the debt.

It’s ironic how we lift ourselves out of poverty only to become economic slaves. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with it in an of itself. We can enjoy all things in the world and enjoy them more if we don’t get overly attached or find our identity in these things.

This blog post is how to live on $1000 a month. I discovered a few years ago, when I was briefly homeless, how much I could do with $1000 if I didn’t have to pay rent. The cost of living really isn’t that high as it’s only a few sectors where everything is overpriced that make it look high.

People lived without money for centuries and weren’t necessarily “poor” since poverty is a mindset. They lived in communities and some still owned their land but it just didn’t have any value attached to it like we do now. Material wealth is superficial and has no value in an of itself; it’s mostly a power grab. Our real wealth is priceless and can’t be measured.

Likewise people in poor countries have a more traditional economy and chose sustainability in favor of capitalism. They still have banks there too by the way. You hear on the media that they only make less than $2 per day but what they don’t tell you is all their basic needs are met.

The way to live on $1000 a month is to keep that as your disposable income. If you want to pay $1200-1700 on a luxury apartment, then add $1000 to that plus anything else that comes out of your paycheck to figure out how much money you need to live on. Although at three times the rent you would need $4-5k a month but there may be some apartments that will work something out with you; i.e., longer lease or a bigger deposit.

Money is just a medium of exchange. When you align yourself with the desired lifestyle then you will see more opportunities that will pay what you need to finance that lifestyle.

Anyone who truly believes in Divine Providence knows poverty doesn’t really exist and is merely a mindset. It is basically a natural state of living.

It’s all dead end

I don’t want to sound all doom and gloom, or worse make people think I have no self-esteem; as if I cared what anyone thinks. I consider myself an optimistic pessimist, because going too far either way can make us out of touch with reality.

If you can’t decide what you want to do with your life, I have some good news. It doesn’t matter in the end because it is all dead end and temporary. Nobody wants to come to the end of their life and wish they had spent more time working.

Don’t get me wrong, life is work but not everything has to be about work and money the way we make it today.  I believe there has to be more to this life than just the here and now and this is why I am convinced that there is a God (metaphorical name for Divine goodness) and a life beyond this one.

Religious texts such as the Bible and even Vedic scriptures have a lot of truth to them, one of these eternal truths being that life is meaningless in the Book of Ecclesiastes.  Many people will hear this and give up in despair but for me this is good news because it means I am free to do whatever with my life (within reason). 

Our purpose in life is to do whatever makes us happy. True happiness has been defined by ancient philosophers as being of service to others.  Life is about service. Making money is good but even spiritual teachers like Dr. Wayne Dyer say it should not be the end goal. Money is simply a medium of exchange, so when we find what makes us happy and pursue it we naturally attract the money we need to finance our life.

There is an old saying that when we do what we love the money follows. Even if we don’t make a lot we will have the wisdom to do more with less (this is better than chasing after money in my opinion). 

The reason we are so obsessed with money, work and material wealth is because we have lost our sense of purpose so we focus on whatever feels the void, which in most cases is money or relationships. We will never be happy if we lose touch with who we are and try to look for what we are missing through other people. 

Things that don’t make sense

This is going to sound like a rant about money. I have no problem with the subject of money itself. I am not envious of those living in these new luxury apartments, even if it does seem like paying four figures and up for an apartment is a waste of money because one isn’t building equity in something. If I wanted a luxury apartment I would get one. I have seen some small studios for just under $1000, as low as $800 in some areas. These were literally cheaper than the non-luxury apartments in the area.

Although for the price of a luxury apartment, you can probably just buy a condo for $200k or less. If you make less than $50,000 a year you would just need a very large down payment. It might not be as cheap with the HOA and property taxes. The taxes are higher in a high rise than in a house.

Here’s the rant, or maybe it’s just humorous to me. People paying a few thousand for an apartment and are working so many hours that they aren’t even home in the first place. On top of that, when they aren’t working they are socializing in restaurants which are turning more and more into social lounges. The funny thing about the latter is many people don’t even eat much, if anything, when they go out. They are just paying to socialize.

I had the privilege of working a part-time job in a restaurant. You wouldn’t believe how much food was thrown out. Makes you think most people just pay to socialize. Imagine the cooks, who are paid barely above minimum wage and face all that pressure to cook food that is mostly thrown in the trash.

Spending all that money on an apartment you are never in and all that food you don’t eat because you are just there to socialize. Apparently common sense died a long time ago and never received a proper burial. But the good news is this kind of bullshit is good for the economy and actually creates jobs. Also I can’t judge anyone anyway. Obviously no one who actually works really hard for their money will be that flippant with money.

Strange world where the people who work the hardest barely make enough to survive while those that make it easier just throw it away. The latter are the ones that don’t want the government touching their “hard earned” money. I am not that liberal because I am not in favor of anything the government does to help the “poor”. Their methods usually involve subsidizing them which only serves to make the rich richer. In the end this just makes everything worse.

Why do I have to pick sides when both sides go to extremes? Someone has to be in the middle to keep everything balanced.