San Fraaaaaancisco... boy can this city quickly shatter anyone's dreams of keeping up with the Joneses. Living here has definitely caused me, and many people I know, to have to reevaluate wants vs. needs. It causes us to have to be honest about which "wants" will really benefit us and our families vs. the typical life achievement markers that we are taught to believe we have to hit. Get married, buy a home, have a great career, kids... etc. What if hitting one of these milestones is out of reach for us? What if it won't actually make us any happier? What if keeping up with the Jones's lands us in a life that isn't truly ours? This constant looking ahead, onto the next goal, the next milestone... might be costing us happiness in the present. We are not our friends or neighbors, their lives are not our lives. What may work for them and make them happy won't necessarily work for us. Let's feel free to do what makes us happy, and to cultivate a life that is genuinely ours, even if it doesn't look like anyone else's.
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