Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness – or Does It?

The past month alone has been such a whirlwind – of good, bad and a few come to Jesus meetings.

For starters, before Joel graduated and moved to Atlanta, we had life figured out. Or so we thought. Joel would move to Atlanta, he would apply to Physical Therapy school here, he would complete school and start working and we would live happily ever after with our little family.

Well as you can probably assume – things do not always go as planned. Three days before he was scheduled to take his GRE, he decided he didn’t want to be a Physical Therapist. It wasn’t something that made him happy or excited to go to work everyday. A career in the health field was something he felt like he had to do, something that would support a family, bring in enough money to buy all of the things we want and to have a happy life.

He slowly figured out (slowly as in spent his whole college career working towards this only to change his mind days before the GRE) that he wasn’t happy with this choice and that he had been working so hard towards it for all the wrong reasons.

When making his final decision, he was a little apprehensive because he didn’t want to let anybody down (i.e. me, my parents, his parents) or be a disappointment for not going on his so called directed path and making X amount of salary. I could honestly not even believe what was coming out of his mouth when he said this. So many people – me included – feel the pressure to do a certain thing or go down a certain path in order to be considered “successful”.

I have told him so many times that I would much rather him chose a career that he is going to be happy with and not be miserable every day going to – it isn’t about the money. Maybe it is to some people – but that is a personal decision we all have to make. Yes it is nice to have that large paycheck coming in every week, but with most jobs that comes with time and experience. Would you rather have a job that pays super well and absolutely hate going to work everyday and be miserable during your one life or have a job that pays good enough at the moment and love going to work every day. You spend a large percentage of your day at work – why not do something you enjoy?

Joel is currently in the process of figuring things out with his new career choice – stay tuned until everything gets figured out. I can already tell that he is 100 times happier with this choice than he was when he was planning to go to physical therapy school and that is what makes me the happiest.

 

– Sarah Beth Bosco

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