Being a hard worker is perhaps a trait that your parents have ingrained in your mind from a young age. They may say, “The world will not kneel before you. You need to prove that you deserve to get something.” Or, “You should not depend on the family name or your inheritance all your life.” You can hear such words even from individuals who have kids who are practically born with a silver spoon in their mouth.
Because of such lessons from childhood, it reminds people not to stay idle for too long. Why do you think teenagers get part-time jobs? It’s because they want to avoid asking money from their parents as much as they can. Even when they enter college and are busy studying, they find time to earn money. This dedication to earning their keep can most likely be brought by kids to adulthood.
Now, considering you have been working all your life, you may be able to relax a little when you know that you have made it. Here are the tell-tale signs of that.
You Can Take Days Off Without Worrying About The Money You Should Have Earned
“How you view your finances and speak about them can change the way you feel about them. In turn, how you feel about your money will strongly influence how you manage it and deal with challenges.” Bahareh Talei, Psy.D. stated. As you probably know by experience, the individuals who have not made it in life yet will choose work over rest. They need money more than sleep or fun. They do not feel good about missing an opportunity to make dollars. Therefore, the first indication that you are in a better place now is that you do not mind taking a leave of absence for several days to relax or meet your family.
You Are Okay With Splurging Once A Month
According to Eric Dammann, PhD “We all have money issues and quirks of one kind or another. If we don’t know what those quirks are, they will emerge in a time of real stress or panic.” When you are making ends meet, you tend to have a tight grip on your money. You take account of every penny that leaves your bank account; you can never be seen in a fancy restaurant or shopping mall unless someone treats you.
Once you have made it, though, that tight grip seems to loosen. You may still not blow your entire salary on shoes or clothes, but you do not feel too bad about buying an item or two once a month. That’s your way of treating yourself, and you are 100% okay with it.
You Go To The Doctor When You Don’t Feel Well Immediately
Getting sick is said to be a privilege that only the rich people can afford. Because of that mindset, you may not have thought of seeing a physician back then unless you are in a life-and-death situation.
However, if things have gotten better for you financially, you may already be quick to set an appointment with a doctor for any symptom you feel. You no longer think, “Oh, it’s nothing too serious. I can use the money for medicine to pay rent.” The bills don’t bother you anymore; that’s why you can prioritize your health.
You Do Not Feel Scared Of Losing Your Job Tomorrow
Lastly, making it in life entails that you have enough cash in your bank account to sustain you for months or even years. Although it is no reason to slack off at work, this financial freedom does not cause you to be in constant fear of losing your job either. “Learning to cope with financial stress and effectively manage your financial situation can help you feel more in control of your life, reduce your stress, and build a more secure future.” A reminder from Elizabeth Scott, MS, a wellness coach.
Seeing the signs mentioned above in you is a cause for celebration. You have made it – you do not have to slave away for money anymore. It is something to rejoice about because not everyone can say that. Cheers!