This “musing” contains some bad language that I wouldn’t normally use in a post. But I reckon it’s okay because (a) I’m quoting someone else and (b) sometimes it’s the only word that can really convey the strength of meaning. If you’re easily offended, just bristle quietly but focus on the message…
I watched a movie last month called “The Gambler,” with Mark Wahlberg in the title role. Personally, I thought it was a terrible movie, mainly because it generated no empathy for Wahlberg’s character whose actions seemed pointless and the plot didn’t go anywhere. For me, it was one of those movies where the only thing you end up lamenting is the loss of the time you’ve spent watching it!
But there was one character who, while not necessarily likeable, spoke wisdom that would be well remembered by everyone. Frank (played by John Goodman), is an old tough guy who’s been around the block. His philosophy? “A wise man’s life is based around fuck you.”
He was talking about what ENOUGH money gives you: “That puts you, for the rest of your life, at a level of fuck you. Somebody wants you to do something, fuck you. Boss pisses you off, fuck you! Own your house. Have a couple bucks in the bank. Don’t drink. That’s all I have to say to anybody on any social level.”
What he was saying was that when you have the money to cover your living expenses, without having to rely on anyone else to give you that money, without having to work for it, you can live life on your own terms.
To me, that’s what everyone should aim for. It’s freedom you can build on because now your time is your own.
How do you get there? You have to do something most people won’t do…
You have to START. If you need help, here I am. Drop me a line and we'll see if there's a fit.