I recently watched the movie The Descendants and there were a couple of lines that struck a chord with me.
“My friends on the mainland think just because I live in Hawaii, I live in paradise. Like a permanent vacation. We’re all just out here sipping Mai Tais, shaking our hips, and catching waves. Are they insane?”
You never know what situations people are dealing with. With the availability of credit, etc. people may look richer than they are by the cars they drive and clothes they wear. It may look like they are living happy lives, but if they are living beyond their means they may be worrying constantly about how they are going to pay their bills.
On the other hand, some people that do have money, may have it because they watch how they spend their money.
Another line was “I don’t want my daughters growing up entitled and spoiled. And I agree with my father – you give your children enough money to do something but not enough to do nothing.”
He is a lawyer and receives money from land that his family has owned for years and has been in a trust. He said unlike his relatives, he has been living on his income as a lawyer and saving the income from the land. That is why his relatives are in a hurry to sell the land and he wishes to hold onto it.