My sisters and I used to play this 'Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous' type game when we were little. We would pretend to be rich and stylish, jetsetting across the world in via a yacht charter to glamorous parties, events and fashion shows. We would hobknob with known celebrities and act all snobbish and stuff, pretending like our shizz smelled like roses and we were oh-so-fabulous. Of course, after the inanity of our act, we would dissolve in hilarity, realising how ridiculous we were acting and how funny it was.
And yet, the more I inch closer to my goal of financial sufficiency, the more I realise that money really isn't everything. It's been said over and over again, and I used to think that poor people said that to make themselves feel better. But it is true. Because you can buy all the entertainment in the world but not true fun. You can buy people to hang out with, but won't find true, die-hard friends. You can buy everything you want and your heart desires but cannot buy happiness.
Solomon was not more happy rich than he was poor. In Ecclesiastes, he pointed out that all of life is vanity. We are bedazzled daily with images of the rich & successful, and wrongly quantify the meaning of life as being prosperous and rich.
These aren't all just trite phrases or idiosyncrasies of youth. That's life.