I’ve found out recently that money does talk. I grew up with money but it never affected me.
My mum and dad grew up in the 40’s. My dad was down the mine pits, black sheep of the family and my mum worked as a dress maker. They met and they both wanted to do good and they did.
My mum and dad worked hard. They came from nothing but when I was born I grew up in a big house with Mercedes and Rolls Royce’s in the driveway.
If my mum wanted a change of car, then I’d see a Jaguar convertible parked there. If my dad wanted a change of car, which was every other week, then I’d see the latest Merc upgrade GTA style.
I grew up like they never had. The house, the cars, the buying anything they wanted but they never spoilt me.
I remember asking mum if I could have the latest Sindy doll and she said, ‘No, it’s only birthdays and Christmas you get presents.’ To be fair, if I’d asked my dad he would’ve said different, probably, ‘I’ll get you it but don’t tell your mother.’
My parents, brought me up well. They made me the free, opinionated person I am. I was loved more than life by both. I am secure in myself and that’s down to them. The money issue always bothered me in childhood because it never impressed me, but I understand why it did for them.
My 17th Birthday a Mini was presented in our driveway with balloons all over it. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciated it but, again, money meant nothing to me and I think this attitude has always frustrated my parents.
Moving onto present day. All I see around me is people influenced by how much their house is worth, what car they drive, what gym they go to and how successful they are. I really don’t care.
Money talks to different people but it’s superficial. I grew up with rich parents but it doesn’t make you a better person. All it does it make you as superficial as everyone else. I chose not to be.
I’d rather live on the streets with my fiancé than live in a huge mansion with cars, money on tap and feeling empty.
My point here is, I’ve seen so many people so influenced by money they've forgotten who they are.
Do we really need to live like that?
We need money to live but do we need money to love?
(Forever in Blue Jeans - Neil Diamond)