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Part 2 of Self Awareness is the Key to Happiness

I didn't know there was going to be a part 2 or I would have named this post "Part 1" so lay off.


This is my jeep. It's the car I drive every single day. I paid $800 for it 3 years ago. It makes me happy. It makes me happy because it's paid for, several folks around town know it as Woody, it embarrasses the shit out of my kids, people recognize it and honk as I drove around my home town, the tags and taxes on it cost me about $71 a year and the insurance on it costs less than I spend on bottled water a month. 

Don't get me wrong, I will have a nicer car someday, I won't borrow a dime on it, but I will have a nicer one someday when I have the cash for it. But, right now, having enough cash in my pocket and only working when I don't have something I want to do with my kids is way more important to me... that's what makes me happy. 

I didn't come to this conclusion in some sage, "Zen like" manner. I came to it the old-fashioned way, I made a decent amount of money with a business 15 years ago and shot off and spent money like I was making way more than I actually was. Then almost lost everything. I bought new cars and 4 wheelers and toys and gadgets, honestly I was making enough money to justify the loan for the new cars and for buying the "toys" as long as everything kept going just like it was. Problem was it didn't. I knew when I signed the loan on the cars that I didn't have enough savings, should have paid cash for the cars, that a new car is a ridiculous reason to take out a loan. I knew all those things... but I thought cruising around in this new rig would make me happy, make my business look better, just make everything better. It took me getting my ass kicked in this business to realize that what would make me happy is getting everything I own paid for, never borrowing money for anything that didn't actually increase my net worth and knowing 100% that I was never ever gonna be at risk of anyone coming and taking my shit ever again. 

So I bought an $800 dollar car and we set down and made a plan to pay everything in the world, including our house, off before we turned 40. We did it at 33. I still have this big huge grin every time I get in that ugly ass jeep. (Ok mainly because it embarrasses my kids) Because it makes me happy that its mine, all mine and no one, no matter what can ever come take it from me. 

I became completely self aware about what makes me happy, I want to own my stuff, my simple common-place stuff and have some cash in my pocket and never use a credit card and never have the fear of someone coming and taking my stuff or debt collectors calling. It was an enlightening thing that has made my life a million times more smiley.  

Thoughts?

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