There are different ways to be rich.
A few are beyond your mere will power, but some are well within the reach of your mindset.
I grew up in Western Pennsylvania. Hills and Trees, they feel very natural to me and I miss them. You could search the whole county I live in nowadays and not find as good a sledding hill as my next door neighbor had in his backyard in Pennsylvania.
Through circumstances of Fate and happenstance, I now live in Western Michigan. Ask my 20 year old self if he EVER thought that was in the cards.
My wife grew up here and I followed her home after we were done living the heck out of our twenties in the Big Lovely City of Chicago.
A decade later and I have fully embraced my new home. Lake Michigan, who knew, not this guy.
We spent all summer at various bodies of water.
Whether that is the ‘Big Lake’ or a myriad of smaller inland lakes. We hike the dunes, swim, and generally have as our backyard the same stretch of beach that people from other parts of the country go to ON THEIR VACATIONS.
This is one of those ways you become rich without ever having to make a dime.
You need to embrace the advantages of where you live. Whether that is climate, or location, or proximity to interesting places.
If you are not enjoying where you live then why do you live there?
Exploit your natural resources! Everywhere has something special if you look hard enough.
We have gravitated towards the parts of our habitat that are unique. Most of our family fun is not only free but centered on the same activities that other people would pay to do.
If you don’t feel this is true for you and where you live, you need to reorient yourself. Everybody’s home is special, maybe you just can’t see the forest because of all the trees.
Here’s two more things I noticed about my mind and my home joining forces.
I am a ‘Lake Snob‘ and do not want to go in the ocean anymore. It is salty and has monsters in it that want to eat you.
I am cool with heavy winters. I need to be, it is 4 months of my year. Find a way to enjoy or at least appreciate the predominate aspects of your habitat. Otherwise maybe you should move…..
Also, I still do miss a good sledding hill.
Acclimating to where you live is just surviving. You need to thrive where you live. A little thought, a little energy, a little perspective.