Self vs. Wealth: Which will you choose?

Kelly Gillit / THE FLARE
Kelly Gillit / THE FLARE

Growing up, we are told we can be whatever we want to be when we get older. As time progresses we find activities we are interested in and take on the responsibility of our first job. As college comes around, students are often blind-sided by the amount of salary that correlates with the exhausting 12-hour work shifts and arriving home in the midmorning hours.

Is being unhappy worth making more money?

Sure, money buys things we desire and need, but it can’t buy happiness.

Our first priority in finding a job often is what makes the most money and not necessarily what we enjoy. The pressures of paying the bills and saving enough for retirement are factors college students deal with.

The Kelly Services survey reports that 66 percent of the global workforce plan to look for a new job in the next year.

We have the opportunity to plan what we choose to study and figure out what we want to do for the rest of our lives.

We see bags of money now, but later we’ll see bags under our eyes.

Some people realize later on in life, after they have spent time doing their unhappy job, how important it is to do something you enjoy and not be miserable.

Unfortunately, people are then faced with the decision, “Should I spend more money to go back to college and be happy doing what I always wanted or continue to be unhappy doing what I am doing?”

According to CNBC, Americans are finding new jobs because they want to find jobs that they personally enjoy.

Teachers do their job because they love coming to school every day and teaching a subject they feel passionately about, knowing they are not going to make a six-figure income.

Live for the moment. As college students we have control of our destinies. It is OK to save and prepare for the future, but don’t let it get in the way of what your heart is telling you to do.

Yes, you will have to cut back on spending and stop buying the most expensive things in life, but you could fulfill the emptiness you have been missing out on.

Money can only get someone so far. There is nothing wrong with buying extravagant items, but that won’t lead to happiness.

Advice we should all take from the older generation is that less is more. They value the small, sentimental items and cherish the memories. Why stress yourself out and be emotionally and physically drained for more money?

We all have to work to provide for ourselves and our families, so you might as well do something you love.