Have you ever converted how much you actually make per hour? I’m talking about after taxes, insurance, and everything else is taken out. Essentially you look at your actual take home pay and divide it by how much you work. But you also can’t just do the math on work hours. What about drive time? And getting ready for work? And all the hours you spend thinking about work? Go ahead and do the math.
No matter how much you make, this final number is probably lower than you thought. So this number represents how much the world values your time. But what does this even mean? What is value in regards to money?
I don’t think most people really consider what money is. Essentially it’s just a system of trust. We trust that our country’s form of money will work wherever we need it. We trust it so much that we are willing to spend our life, our time, towards accumulating it. And “it” is money in the form of paper, metal, or imaginary numbers in the cloud, aka online banking.
So we dedicate our lives to working for paper.
But not really. We really dedicate our lives to working for the trust that we can exchange our time and energy for something else in the world.
This is where the thought of alchemy comes in. We really can turn almost anything into money, which we can then turn the money into almost anything in the world.
Essentially this means you can turn your time and energy into whatever it is that you desire. But the catch is you don’t necessarily get to decide how valuable your time and energy is when it comes to turning it into material possessions.
However, there’s more to life than material possessions. How can you put a monetary value on the things that matter in your life? How can you really rate the value of your time when you can invest your time in things such as family?