“The people who keep their lifestyle natural as much as possible to the decency level meet quite often in life a beautiful person.” – Anuj Somany
Let me tell you a real life story of someone I know who is very famous and successful.
His dad was an assistant VP on a humongous company, and yet he did not grow up pampered and spoiled as most rich kids are. His parents lived a life of simplicity- they did not live in a mansion nor owned luxury cars. Theirs is just a typical medium-size home and a Toyota car of more than 10 years old.
In his elementary days, he was taught to commute going to and from school. And he looks forward to every Sunday because that is the only time they are allowed to drink Coke. He also did not own a lot of toys- but then once a week, he and his dad visited the mall and there he would see all the toys that he loved and he would imagine that he owned all of them. He and his dad would also always try to look for something that they could give her mom when they go home.
Now, you would think that he was deprived, but you know what, you’ll be surprised to know that he never felt that way. Because he was always treated with much care and love. He need not do anything to get attention from his parents.
Everyday, he and his dad would jog together on their garage… and then he would sit on his dad’s lap and they talk about anything in the world. After dinner, he and his dad would sit beside each other and read their favorite comics until it’s time for bed. After praying as a family, he would see his parents in their bedroom- where his dad was seated on his chair, and her mom standing behind him, massaging his back while the they talked about how their day was.
This is the beauty of living in simplicity. Imagine if his parents chose to live in a more luxurious manner. His dad would then have to work overtime to pay off the bills- he would get too tired everyday to even spend time talking to his boy and wife every night. He might also be haggard and ill-tempered brought about by stress. And his mom would perhaps even need to find work to help with the finances.
Who would then jog with this poor boy everyday? and talk to him and answer his unending questions about the world? and who would then read comic books with him? and go hanging out to the mall with him? … and would he be the successful person he is today both in his career and family, if his childhood experience would have been different?
I hope his story moves you. It definitely inspired me. Let’s not forget that how we choose to live our life does not only affect our own happiness, but also the happiness of the people that we love! 🙂