Yesterday I finished my 6th triathlon race and learned yet another lesson from the sport: It is possible to live richly without money.
I’ve learned this lesson before, and I’ll probably learn it again many times over.
I thought to myself, “I’m living a rich lifestyle, even though we don’t necessarily HAVE a lot of money.”
The common definition of “rich”, which everyone is familiar with, is having a lot of money or valuable possessions. This agrees with the “simple definition” provided by Merriam Webster seen as the cover photo for this post.
I scrolled down past the first page to see the “full definition” and was surprised to find seven more different definitions what it means to be “rich”. Only one of these listed money!
The other seven describe the feeling I had during and after the race: living life in a meaningful and fulfilling way.
I can see a counterargument that we need a baseline of money to cover essential needs such as food, water, and shelter, before we can even begin to say we live richly. I agree with this completely. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs means we can only enjoy higher level needs once our basic needs are met.
Assuming those needs have been met, I still find too many of friends and colleagues feel “poor” because they don’t have extravagant luxuries.
Perhaps, it is the constant bombardment from media that tells us our lives are missing their product or their service.
We live in the most prosperous time in human history. We have healthcare, transportation, and entertainment that kings and queens of old would have gone to war for. We live in a day and age where we can learn about anything from the internet.
That’s why I can’t help but think we CAN and DO live richly without money.
Do you think we can live richly without money?