As a kid, as I tried my luck to get a toy or a bag of sweets while out with my mother, I would say “Oh pleeease Mum, it’s not that expensive” she would often reply, “Patrick, you know the price of everything and the value of nothing”.
At the time, I just shrugged my shoulders and got on with whatever happened to distract me next! As time went by though I realised there was more to those words than just saying I couldn’t have a bag of sweets.
At that point, that toy or bag of sweets was the most important thing in the world to me but of course, as a kid, our desires tend to be short lived. As we get older though, the things that are of value to us tend to be a bit more enduring.
Things that are of value can be material or mental but they are not necessarily shared by others. For instance, I’m not that fussed by nice cars but I love my watch, it’s an IWC and cost about £4,000. Probably, most people would say “Why would you pay that for a watch, you could get one for about £40 that tells the time just as well”, and they’d be right. However, that ignores the value to me, I get pleasure every single time I look at my watch and it’s hard to put a value on that. It means much more to me than just merely telling the time.
You know what is of value to you, be it possessions or the way you want to live your life, don’t let other people deter you from getting what you want.