Let’s face it. We are poor folk.
Since i got a child, i stop to see being rich means earning a lot of money. If you work days and nights and beat Bill Gates, you’re poor.
Being rich means earning a lot of money while working on a short amount of time. That equals bank-robbing or lotto-winning, or politician- corrupting which are not applicable for most people.
For an average person (woman), on an average day, you’re supposed to:
– sleep 8 hours
– work 8 hours
– travelling to and fro from job 1 hour (lucky you)
– eat 1,5 hour (including time of feeding kids)
– cook 1 hour
– private hygiene time (brush teeth, put cream on face, make up, comb hair, sit in toilet, clean face, take shower, wash hair) 1 hour or more
– shopping for food, newspaper, medicine, post, coffee, travel tickets (walk to and back from shop, time in shop) 2 hours
– house work (throw out trash, wash clothes, clean dishes, brush toilet)
Other things (time for partner, time for kid, hobby, pet): 0 hours
because we have used up already 24,5 hours per day for NOTHING. Just the basics to survive. Like slaves.
And really, many people DO have to work more than 8 hours per day, travel more than 1 hour for job, more time to cook or to do housework (big family). They need 30 hours per day just to survive in the civilized world.
So we start to cut corner.
We sleep less.
Some eat at working table, but it’s not often allowed as lunch time is socializing time with colleagues.
If you shave your head … no, not an option.
At least we can try to live happily (but not healthily) on heaps of smelly trash. And forbid unexpected visits. (which we do apply at home).
Well, if you don’t clean or don’t shop everyday (don’t here means postpone), then you can squeeze out 2/2,5 hours extra per day. What will you do in this luxurious time?
If you spend it on crocheting (i’d like to), then you’ll have only dollies and NOTHING more.
If you spend it on blogging (like I’m doing now), then you’ll have only a nice blog and NOTHING more.
If you spend it on gardening, then you’ll have only nice plants and NOTHING more.
If you spend it watching Youtube, then you’ll have only some videos and NOTHING more.
If you spend it on pet, then you’ll have only nice pet and NOTHING more.
If you spend it on reading, then you’ll have only some knowledge and NOTHING more.
If you spend it on your friends, then you’ll have only nice friendship and NOTHING more.
If you spend it on your partner, then you’ll have only a good relationship and NOTHING more.
If you spend it on baking, then you’ll have only nice cakes and NOTHING more.
If you spend it on your kids, then you’ll have only some nice kids and NOTHING more.
If you spend on exercising, then you’ll have only your health and NOTHING more.
This is a simplified version of life, as if you have kids, you’d need to add at least 0,5 – 0,75 hour of putting clothes on them, preparing lunchboxes, sending them to school, kindergarten, fighting to get them on time.
We all juggle between ‘ today is health, and no family.’
‘ today is friendship, and no relationship’
‘today is knowledge, and no health’
Unfortunately, longitudinal stuffs like relationship, health, kids raising, friendship maintaining, you need to spend time on them repeatedly over long period of time to get the result. That means a lot of kids, exercise (i should), relationship, friends (actually i decided i don’t need many, just to save time) and a looooooooot of ‘NOTHING more’.
Which makes me feel very poor, as most of daily life is actually ‘NOTHING more’. We can afford NOTHING more, no matter how much you earn, if you have to live in this daily pattern, and can not stretch your day to 30 hours or more.
But what do you want to have in the end, kid or dollies, pets or relationship? The choice is yours.