Every time I think about generating wealth, it is not without the feeling of philanthropy. It is in the quiet moments of reflection, I feel the need to give back to the society that gives me the luxury of a good life. Very frankly, I feel that I am blessed, and as much as I wish other people could feel that way about themselves, I’m aware of how people struggle for even basic necessities like water and food.
“The more you own, the more you’re owned.”
Through this transition after university, I’ve had my share of mixed thoughts: to never work for money, do honourable work, build an empire, buy all the luxuries in the world and even spend it all. As much as I would love to be able to buy everything from my own money, I feel that it won’t ever be enough. I know I cannot lead a happy, balanced, and successful life without the knowing that I’ve made lives better. So I’m starting now, in my own little ways, I want to start giving back and do good.
I recently joined a new gym, and met a 15 year old who migrated to my city with her mom and got work at the gym to support them both. She could only attend school till year 6, and spends her days just sitting in that locker room looking after the members and guarding their stuff. My heart felt for her. At 15, I was still in school, cribbing about homework and exams while looking forward/dreaming of going to college and thought I had my whole life planned for me and well-supported. I had the urge to convince her to study further- but she can’t do that, she has a family to support. Now, I’ve asked her to come over to my house this Sunday, and I am going to teach her.
It angers me that there are children in this world who need to fight for basic human rights. It is infuriating to see the inequality in the society, to see young tired eyes, and not being able to help them. I want to change it all, I need to work hard so that I can provide a broader segment of the society the luxuries that I was brought up with. No, I’m not talking about expensive clothes, shoes or cars, but things like a home, clean water, food, education and the means to support a decent life.
People spend their lives chasing money, trying to own expensive things- but what they don’t realise is that, when they die, the things won’t be theirs anymore; things aren’t loyal, people are. I don’t want to work for money, I want to get money to work for me and the people that can benefit from it. I want to give back to the society in every way possible. It might seem shallow when I talk about money and finance all the time, but my intentions aren’t flawed. I have this voice inside me, that urges me, to make others lives better. I want to be financially independent, and secure to be able to afford experiences and make others a part of my journey. What interests me is how much impact I can make on someone’s life. You know, millions of people have lived before us, and will continue to do so after us; our lives are just a very tiny fragment when compared to the time span of the universe, so it is pointless to run behind and fight for stuff, no one is going to remember you for it, anyway.
I want to lead a glorious life and make others lives better while I’m around; cause sooner or later you’re going to die- and in this rat race, no one is even going to notice (apart from the lives that you affect, in a good way.) My empire is going to create employment, give people a source of steady income to support their families, food, shelter, water- anything they need.
“Life is long enough, and it has been given in sufficiently generous measure to allow the accomplishment of the very greatest things if the whole of it is well invested. But when it is squandered in luxury and carelessness, when it is devoted to no good end, forced at last by the ultimate necessity we perceive that it has passed away before we were aware that it was passing. So it is—the life we receive is not short, but we make it so, nor do we have any lack of it, but are wasteful of it. Just as great and princely wealth is scattered in a moment when it comes into the hands of a bad owner, while wealth however limited, if it is entrusted to a good guardian, increases by use, so our life is amply long for him who orders it properly.” – Seneca
Raise a glass, strike, go out of your way to help others. Don’t just blindly donate ‘money’ when you can make an impact with small acts of kindness, each day. Even your actions will have a compounding affect, kindness will reward you with a sense of satisfaction. You don’t need a billion dollars to start giving back, just a little empathy and conciousness, helps!