Both time and money can buy you experiences.
Money can buy you freedom to experience what you want in life, but often the experiences aren’t as organic. Money can give you a whirlwind tour of what is possible in many different cultures, but won’t give you the experience of being part of the culture itself. You can buy exotic trips, afford fancy foods, and see the world; but how real is the experience?
Becoming part of a culture and experiencing it from the eyes of a local isn’t possible without investment of your time. Some professions require a massive amount of time investment to get to the money. This is also an experience. If money is a means to an end, think about what goal you’re trying to reach, and if you can achieve that end with investment of time instead.
Maybe your goal is to provide economic freedom to your children, in which case, the money is the goal. But if you want to do literally anything else with your life, find a way to immerse yourself into the culture you want to be a part of. The people who seem the happiest are those that aren’t living for a paycheck but have a goal in mind when each paycheck comes in. Find something to always look forward to and you’ll never feel stuck.
Money comes and goes, but the amount of money you make is a function of time and how you spend your resources and access to resources like education, basic necessities, etc. If you can find a way to earn money while spending your time in a way that allows you to achieve your goals, you’ll achieve them that much faster and be happier in the process.
Moral of the story, keep learning. Stay hungry. Don’t settle.
Thanks for reading.