|From TechGadgeteer. This is damn good.|
His article cleverly pushes the theme further away from materialism and more towards the idea of happiness, which I think is a stroke of genius. Basically, if you can only live once, then you should make it as happy and fulfilling as possible. If spending money makes you happy and fulfilled, then by all means go ahead! But if you can believe the words of the truly rich, you'll know that while having money solves a lot of life's struggles and daily grinding, ultimately whether you're happy or not is still a big question mark. For those who are cursed by the Gods to win a lottery, the common regret is that they wished that they didn't win it because they are a whole lot worser than before.
This is all very subjective, since the pathway to your happiness could be the pathway to my depression. Hence, in a pursuit of happiness, we can do things that can be considered 'unhappy' by everyone else except yourself.
This got me thinking also. So what makes me happy?
1. Spending a whole day at home, reading books on my bed until I feel sleepy, then take a nap, and wake up and read again. I'm an introvert, and I get a huge energy boost from having lots of me time at home away from people.
2. Cafe hopping with my wife on a weekday while others are busy doing their work, leaving the cafe relatively quiet and serene.
3. Working. I know this sounds crazy, but I love doing what I do for a living. At a point in my life where I have depression, I think it's my work that brings my happiness level back to normality. So yes, it's that important for me.
And since WOLO, we should really examine our lives and put a happiness tag on the things we do, and ask if doing this or that thing will elevate our overall happiness index. It's not as selfish as it sounds and it's not about I, myself and me, because I think for most of us, making the people around us happy will also make us happy. We live both for ourselves and for the bigger social circle that we are all part of.
So for me, forget all the YOLO and WOLO, and try YOLLO instead. Yes On Living Less Ostentatiously