I met this older man. He wears no brand name shirts, watches, belts or shoes. He drives an every day car. His mobile phone is a basic ZTE Android smartphone. He is simplicity personified. He does not paint the picture of a person who has achieved much.
Actually, he is a world renowned expert in his field. He lives in his own home, also a simple affair devoid of any lavishness. He owns other properties across the country. He has investments across a wide section of the economy and earns enough from those to cover his day-to-day expenses and still share with others generously. His profile is striking in a country where it is fashionable to flaunt whatever little money you have.
It is okay not to have any brand name items – and I’m consoling my poor, sorry ass here, seeing that I don’t have any. Okay, I own a pair of Tommy Hilfiger knock-offs. Do those count? LOL.
But I do think that this man has set a high bar. At the end of the day, it is okay to not have a big car or live in a mansion. Apparently, there is more to life than all that. Besides everything I have mentioned about this man, he is a happy, contented, and fulfilled man. Perhaps, having said all, that is what it boils down to: happiness, contentment, and fulfillment. Perhaps.