We all have those people around us who are super rich. Let’s just agree we have envied them our entire lives. Who wouldn’t want to have luxurious homes, servants, latest cars and gadgets, vacations in exotic places? And wouldn’t someone who has it all will be the luckiest person alive? But do you think that they have ever felt it? Or they have felt sad about being rich? Of course not but that’s how we think.
For some of the thankless (we like to think so) that is not the case!
Guardians Zoe Williams in her article ’10 reasons why it sucks to be rich’ has actually given reasons of being sad and rich at the same time. To any normal person I t might sound contrary because we don’t imagine the two words (sad and rich) together, ever.
Williams discusses about the shame that you feel when you are rich. The fact that people envy you becomes so great that you need relaxing exercises to overcome your thoughts. Well there’s even a name for this feeling i.e. ‘rich man's burden.’ We might assume that it’s the burden of carrying the assets and cash but it’s not.
William quotes in her article:
“Privately educated people proliferate at elite universities and thence to hotly contested careers, which is as it should be, since their grades are so good – it is nevertheless tragic to note the bitterness with which some outsiders greet this state of affairs.”
And here comes the realization of being discriminated, as if you don’t already have an idea about how different you are from others, when you are super rich. God who’s been really kind in blessing the rich with good education, good careers (since they had good grades) and everything else, plays no role over here. It’s actually others who play the culprit in their lives; discriminating them from the rest.
Where the rest of the world is worried about unemployment, guess what can trouble rich people? The fact that people would estimate your ‘riches’ wrong is more upsetting than anything else. As the author says, ‘the hurt never goes.’
William while explaining how people don’t understand those who are rich says: ‘People who just buy sandwiches and stuff tend not to understand that, when you buy something large like an island, it takes ages.’
Oh, well probably if they know buying an island is just a luxury... it might not be as upsetting as it seems. And those who buy ’sandwiches and stuff,’ expecting them to relate to rich people buying islands, is just so middle class... just let them buy sandwiches, right?
William also throws light on the fact that owning a mansion is nothing but crap and only rich people can understand how small a house can be that worth only £2m. She writes, ‘Mansion? YOU CALL THIS A MANSION? I wouldn't make my enemy's dog live in it, it's not even near a park.’
Well there’s a lot more than this that trouble rich people. From paying tax to hiring staff... each and everything is difficult!
So, all of those out there buying sandwiches; just start thinking about those who are buying islands. They are not as happy as you think. So, just forget about the only thing that you can do, stop envying... it also troubles them like everything else.