❝Our values determine the nature of our problems, and the nature of our problems determines the quality of our lives.❞ -Mark Manson
I'm reading one of my favorite blogs. It's 2007, and the author recounts a recent trip he had to Fiji. He didn't come across as bragging. Instead, the tone of the post is self-deprecating because he talked about all the ways in which his vacation went wrong. It was written for humor, and it is quite funny.
Many things went wrong on this trip, but despite that fact, I still feel myself wanting to go to Fiji. Even if all the same things that happened to him happen to me, it seems like something that would be very fun and something I would love to have as a memory.
The author did not talk about how much this trip costs, so I have to do some research. I find out that to get close to his experience, I would have to spend $25,000.
I have to admit that, despite the high price tag, I am trying to figure out ways to do it. Logically I know this is way out of my price range, but I still feel the urge to see if there is somehow I can go on this trip.
Ultimately, though, I did not spend what at the time was half of a year's salary to go on one trip. But I have spent (less) money that I didn't have on things I wanted that I justified by telling myself it's okay because I value it and only live once.
I also had to spend several years climbing out of credit card debt.
PERSONAL VALUES AND PURPOSE
Our personal values represent what's important to us. They represent what we consider good and bad, or right and wrong. We all have personal values, but it's not necessarily the case that we know what our personal values are.
Taking time to figure out what's important to us can help us define what we actually want out of life. Your personal values can help you understand your financial purpose, that is, what your money is for.