Ever heard the saying “Money can’t buy happiness”?
I think money can buy happiness, and I am deeply committed to that idea.
Because if indulging in a tub of salted caramel ice cream on a hot Sunday afternoon is happiness, then money can definitely buy happiness.
That was the vaguest example, but you catch the drift.
Still, I am convinced that a life worth living encompasses more than money can possibly offer.
And this is coming from someone who places an absurd amount of emphasis on money.
Hear me out.
Here are the 3 things besides money that make your life whole.
Friends & Family
This is the “who” factor.
Humans are social creatures, and it is crucial we develop our relationships on strong emotional bonds.
A big house in Sentosa Cove means nothing if you are the only one living in it.
You can own the fastest car and still be headed nowhere if you don’t have company.
And what good is an iPhone 11 Pro Max when you have no friends to text?
Its just, all these luxuries seem so insignificant in the face of solitude.
Some may argue that money can even buy you friends, and I agree too – only if you’re okay with fair-weathered ones.
I guess the point I’m trying to bring across is that a life led alone is one devoid of true happiness.
On the contrary, the smallest things, when enjoyed with your loved ones, can elicit the feeling of warmth a million dollar jacket can never replicate.
It would still be nice to own a million dollar jacket, though.
This is the “why” factor.
You don’t have to be Elon Musk to change the world.
Having a purpose isn’t always about some noble pursuit to change the world or end world hunger.
No, it doesn’t have to be so daunting.
I say, start small, do something that creates a small impact for someone in your life, whether it’s cooking a meal for your family, or lending your friend a shoulder to cry on.
All these small things accumulate into all the good that you will do.
Just imagine if everyone aimed to change just one person’s life in a positive way!
Even as I write this, if I made you think about that, I have affected your thoughts in some way that I can be proud of.
That’s what life is all about to me, and that is the joy of creating.
Every single soul you touch, in whatever way, no matter how small, has its impact, and that impact is a ripple with the potential to make a big difference in someone’s life.
Be it an article, play, meal, as long as someone else feels good about it, we can say we’ve done well.
This is the “what” factor.
Your job keeps you alive, but it is your passion that is keeping you sane.
If you’re lucky, you might be one of those whose passion and job overlaps.
Most of us, however, do not share that luxury.
We spent most of our time working, and leave our passion to the weekends.
Some of us have had our passions shoved aside for so long, they’ve become just a memory.
What did you love as a child?
What did you stop doing because you had to grow up?
What’s the one thing you do that fills your heart with joy?
Some of us know what that is, to truly enjoy something.
But for those of us who don’t, I say, keep searching!
Because the answer is out there just waiting for you, and don’t worry, you don’t actually need to be good at what you’re passionate about.
It’s all about bringing yourself joy!
So I’m telling you if you want to sing your soul out, go sing.
If you want to dance like nobody is watching, go dance.
And if you want to unmask your inner actor and perform like it was your calling, HCAC is the place for that.
Because your job keeps you alive, but your passion is what keeps you sane.
Free Your Talent. It’s Time.