This I Believe

Patricia - Des Moines, Iowa
Entered on August 29, 2006
Age Group: 50 - 65
Themes: work
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I believe in the old saying “Money doesn’t buy happiness.” I am sure in some ways it can make things easier-but this too is subject to debate.

I believe that once our survival needs are met that the rest of it becomes relative to our priorities and lifestyles.

I have been married a total of 34 years. The first marriage was for 12 years and the second marriage will be 22 years this October 13th. I had more money and privilege in my first marriage and less money and hard work in my second marriage. Through the years my second- husband would refer to us jokingly as ‘working class dogs’.. However, I have met more interesting people in the last 22 years than the first 12 years at the Country Club. I joke and say “I gave it all up to work at prison”. ( I am the prison psychologist at the Women’s prison in Iowa).

I have found that love, family, and hard work are more important and fufilling than alot of money. I have learned to have more money at a young age is not always beneficial. I believe that as you go through life’s ups and downs you learn that money doesn’t necessarily equate to happiness.

If you have less money and have to work hard for your money you are more likely to appreciate it and make better choices when spending it.

I have experienced and learned from credit card debt. I would tell all young people to be wary of credit and spend wisely. I believe more marriages end because of financial difficulties. I believe couples that show each other that love is more important than money will thrive.

I believe any work is honorable and conveying and modeling this to our youth is “worth it’s weight in gold.’