When you have worked in the IT industry for as long as I have, you will know that almost everyone here is craving for money. While 99% of them work their ass off filling documents to get a chance to go onsite, the rest 0.9% percent are cribbing about not having a decent salary. I on the other hand, happen to be one of those rare 0.1%, who is not bothered about either. I think I get a good salary and am more than content with it. My work place is a stone throw away from home, I love the work I do and I get enough time to follow all my other passions. That is more important to me than a big fat pay cheque. Going onsite to the US of A is something that has never fascinated me. I have had my share of travel years ago and I'm sure that I do not want to do it again. I do not want to leave my husband and family behind to go earn in dollars. If a hike comes my way, I graciously accept it with a smile. If it doesn't, I just let it be. No point in cribbing anyway.
The reason I'm writing this post is that almost every where I see, I see that every thing has become only about money these days. Every one wants to know the money the other is making and compare themselves. And then there are people who have all the money in the world and yet want more of it. And they do not hesitate to go to any extent or even beg for it. Yes, inspite of having millions back home. But the species that kind of interest me the most are the ones who are pretty well to do and yet cringe at every given opportunity. Don't get me wrong, I'm a very thrifty person myself and think twice before spending a penny, but some people surprise me with their level of frugality. I see a few of them in my work place as well. Senior folks who have very good experience and make good money, but they cringe on their basics. They are shoddily dressed and think a hundred times when they have to give money for a celebration at work.
These people try to save as much as they can, even if it means letting go of the basic comforts. They wear torn shoes/socks and carry old bags that is almost ripping off. They stay away from team dinners and lunches and do not carry a wallet unless absolutely necessary. But if the company is paying, they come in full attendance. If alcohol is involved they drink like a fish even without knowing how to pronounce the drink. I'm do not know what exactly their circumstances are, but I am not sure why people have to compromise of their basics just to save a few rupees. Food, clothing and shelter are the basic needs of a man and yet some people are willing to let go off that in order to maintain a steady bank balance. I mean if you cannot live your life today, it will be too late later. Money, money and more money. This is the only thing on the minds of a few people, who accept anything that comes to them free. I have seen people standing in line twice or thrice to get a free meal coupon or a T-shirt. I don't know what to call that. But then again, people and their choices. But what I do not understand is why such people pass comments on others who are spending money for a comfortable life. Every one works really hard to earn money and spending it or keeping it is their choice.
Kids these days have no value or understanding of money at all. Some parents don't bother to teach them either. Recently I heard a boy not more than eight years old, talk about the lakhs and millions that his father has in his bank account and how nobody could harm him because of it. If I could, I would have shot him right there and see what his dad's millions did to bring him back to life. Last week a bunch of kids had come in a brand new Hummer to a place where we frequent. The kid driving the car was clearly under eighteen and so were his bunch of friends who were smoking like there was no tomorrow. A credit card was handed when the bill was given to them and they drove away screaming in joy. Parents need to teach their kids the value of money and how to use it. But this shall only happen if the parents themselves know the value of it.
One of the kind of people I hate are the ones who have never earned a penny all their lives and yet demand luxury at every step of life. If you haven't made a single rupee in your life, then you are just existing and not living. Existing, thanks to the effort of some one else who is obligated to take care of you. Celebrations and festivals have all become only about the money now. Crores are spent in weddings just to show the world how much money the families have. Crackers are burst for three days at a stretch to show the status of the family during Diwali. Children flaunt their parent's money like it is their birth right and some rich soul is spending more on luxury even though he has more than enough of the basics. At the same time, there is someone who is compromising on his basics even when there is absolutely no need to. The world has become a place where misers continue to be misers, the rich continue to get rich and the poor are struggling to have the basics.
It is very sad that a person's status in the society is judged by the amount of money in his bank rather than the experience he comes with. No wonder everyone is hell bent upon joining the rat race to come first and win the jackpot. But the thing about a rat's race is that even if you win, you are still a rat.
Save for tomorrow, but not before living for today. You need to spend a little to get past today peacefully. Do not cringe on that. Those who think money can buy them everything, great going! Just wait until you are gone to see where it takes you.