What do we have in common?
Martin Sinclair Edmonton Alberta Hainan China
In China, I don't have a car. Too dam much trouble to get a license. It's like getting a PHD in Canada. And then I am only there part of each year and some years not at all. So mostly, I ride my bicycle. It's good exercise and if I am going a long way public transport is so available it seems a waste of money to own a vehicle. But working in Dubai, everyone there wants to show the crowd how expensive a car they're driving. Porsches, Lambos, Ferarris, Aston Martins, Maseratis, Bentleys, Rolls, and Beamers. It's quite a contrast. In the village nearby where I live in China, 90% of the people drive a 90cc or electric motorcycle and are quite happy with that. There seems to be no keeping up with the Jones's there. From what I've learned happiness gained from an initial jolt of gift or prize, evaporates over time and you are back to baseline. A study was done with people who won a lottery and people who became paralyzed and after one year both were back as happy as they were one year before.
Once you get older and look at the people around you it becomes apparent that the most important thing in life is fitness and health. The place I worked a few years back in Dubai was owned by a multi-millionaire. He had about 8 companies and ours was the smallest. He died at 55 of a heart attack. Overweight. High blood pressure. High blood sugar. And the only thing on his mind was making more money. What good is that money to you when you're in the grave? I think we all remember when we were very young, 5-9, and didn't have much but were happy. That is what life should be now and can be, if you let go of the will to have too much.