Hard work rarely leads to riches. But all work no matter how tedious helps pass the time of day.
used to know a lot of wealthy people. None of them did anything you’d call hard let alone work so this week I put my trust in human agency, forgot I’m technically insolvent and booked the best interiors photographer in Scotland to shoot my home. The chat alone was money well spent.
If I were rich I’d be discreet about it. I’d own one small apartment, have little else that needed upkeep, work less, take off more and go on adventures with my children. I’d also be generous. Anonymously. So I could sleep at night.
Anonymity is hugely underrated. So is generosity.
In my experience people either inherit vast wealth or steal it. But then I used to work in financial services and briefly worked for Russian oligarchs.
Neither of these scenarios make for well adjusted individuals or families happy with their lot.
Blatent latent familial discontent amongst relations carving up ancestral wealth makes tense dinner conversation. So does working in financial services when you feel the sly and the privileged somehow privatised imaginary wealth that led to crippling public debt.
Most people expect others to have more than them. Few posses the grace or generosity to smile at anothers gain.
I applaud creative entrepreneurship and the
guilt selflessness that leads to charitable donations. But sometimes the only generosity needed is a smile or casual ‘Hello”.
I’ve never understood celebrity attention seeking. I love the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode showcasing Ted Danson’s fake philanthropy/faux anonymity in The Anonymous Donor.
It’s hard not to judge those you once loved harshly and unfairly. Harder still taking responsibility for your follies, past mistakes and loved one’s woes.
This week I learnt reluctantly that rich men often cheat. Apparently their wives put up with it because they have too good a deal. I don’t know why I wasn’t like that. Or why I’d rather be alone and
broke working for a living with crippling debts than married to a wealthy man that controls and pays for everything. I guess when freedom’s more important to you, money gets you everything but the girl.