Does anyone else feel distinctly uncomfortable when other people talk about money?
I don’t mean people making bad money decisions, as much as people that make a lot less money that you do. For example, I earn a reasonable amount of money, pretty much the market rate in a good but not especially lucrative field – there is no way that I will ever make a six figure salary in today’s money. On the other hand I have a friend who makes about 2/3 what I do, he essentially has a wife and four children to support. They are going on holiday today for the first time in years, and that’s only because its costing the ï¿½20 per adult to go. I feel so bad.
I forget that I earn a little more than the average wage in the UK because I am still on a low rung of the ladder at work. I hate hearing that people I like don’t make much money because I don’t feel that there is anything I can do about it. I feel bad that I spend so much on junk, or that I have opportunities that are not open to everyone.
Does anyone else feel like this, and if so, what do they do about it?
- house prices, bubbles, and investment returns
- money minefield at the office Christmas party
- how should I cure my dissatisfaction?