I wonder what it would be like if you could remove money – specifically how much you do or don’t have – from an equation. To be more specific Lili and I continued our apartment searching yesterday looking at a few more places in Brooklyn. We saw a nice one on Carroll St (don’t take it if you are reading this). It was a bit on the high end for us though for what we’re trying to accomplish with this move.
So as we walked we ran the back on the envelope numbers in our heads and realized this place was probably a bit too much. It’s right on the bubble and leaning in the wrong direction.
Later, riding home on the subway (F Train!) I asked Lili, “I wonder what it would be like if money were no object.” Meaning I have no idea how it feels to say I want that and just get it. To not even have to think about it for a second. I’ve never known that*. On some level it has to be amazing. There is no budget crunching, no handwringing, no weighing of Pros and Cons – you just pull the trigger. Lili nailed it when she simply replied, “Liberating”.
That’s the perfect word for it and it must feel wonderful.
Sure, it’s a bit simplistic, too. People with money have lots of worries. I would assume at the top of that list would be losing it. Followed closely by not knowing who likes you for you and who likes you for your money. They also still have supply and demand competition from other folks with money. That doesn’t go away.
Though on some level it has to be remarkably freeing to just say, “This is perfect, I’ll take it.” The mental anguish and stress that must save you has to be incredible.
* Note: I completely realize I have it far better than 95% of the world, so I’m not complaining at all.