I need to get it into my head that money is not all that matters.

Of course I understand that we should not be consumed by material greed or be attached to material means, but sometimes I find myself jealous of what others have or can afford.

It’s almost like everywhere I look, everyone has something new and expensive that they are showing off. Friends shopping at high end stores buying expensive clothing and others going on trips to further their careers (e.g., summer schools in their discipline or going to conferences) – and here I am wishing I could afford what they can.

This is not to say that I am poor. I am not at all poor. I am actually a 100% grateful for having a roof over my head, a supportive family that cares for me and would do anything to help me, and having the opportunity to go to university.

However, sometimes I find myself thinking:
“What if I could go to that summer school?”
“What if I had the opportunity to go to a conference?”
“Would I be able to make more meaningful connections?”
“What experiences am I missing out on?”

What I know for sure is that I need to get rid of these thoughts – because all they will do is hinder me in my progress throughout life. I should be striving for happiness, not monetary gains.

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