If real life was like a video game…

I’d be independently wealthy, have lots of friends and go on loads of adventures. Unfortunately it’s just not that easy. Have movies, TV and video games ruined me for real life? 

Sometimes I feel like I have unrealistic expectations of how people should treat one another. Or maybe people just take too much for granted? Most people don’t seem to vocalize how much others mean to them until it’s too late. Instead of telling the person how important they are they end up telling a room full of strangers after the person is gone. It’s just so backwards. We also spend more time at work with people we don’t even like very well than at home with the person we decided to spend the rest of our lives with. 

There was a decorative sign in my mother-in-law’s bathroom that I think of often, it read “Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” I have made some decisions in my life that some may deam irresponsible but at the end of the day who’s happier? Sure, things would be easier if I had more money but for the first time my husband is the person I see most each week and that’s worth more than money. I also realized that my mental and physical health were not worth making a few hundred dollars more per month. Chuck Palahniuk wrote “You are not your job, you’re not how much money you have in the bank. You are not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet.” His words were for a work of fiction but I feel like they make a pretty strong point for reality too. Making money is essential but making memories is equally important. 

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