If you make x amount of money, then you’ll be happy. Or if you make x less, you’ll be less happy. Happy people are happy regardless of their “worth” and always see themselves as better off than so many people. Less money won’t change that. Unhappy people always see themselves as worse off than the people they choose to compare themselves to. More money won’t change that.
People tell their kids to live their lives based on their views of what will happen to them in the future. Like, “Junior, you spend all your time playing basketball, or ballet, or building model planes, or TikTok, but unless you’re going to the NFL, or the Moscow ballet, that’s a waste of time.” Generally, I don’t agree with that approach. The memories of what you accomplished and the effort you put into it will last a lifetime. They don’t need to be a means to a clear end. At any given time, you don’t know how your discipline will benefit your growth.
Finally, I think a lot of people nowadays would be surprised to hear that some of the people they find to be evil monsters, based on their political views, are some of the most kind people they’d ever meet. Look, most everything we were taught as children was mis-represented. Through no bad intention, people, including teachers and parents, tend to present to you a view of the world that is their own. So you learn one side of most everything. Over time, you begin to wonder how anyone could possibly disagree with you; after all, don’t they read? Don’t they get what you know? Well: most, not all, people who don’t agree with you are *not* racists, sexists, homophobic, evil, dumb, love war, hate peace, don’t read, want to destroy the environment, and so on. Likely, they see the world differently because they have different friends than you do, read/listen/watch different media than you do, and so on. You are each a product of the media you consume. What seems black and white to you usually is not. More often than not, you consider the medium that you read, watch, listen, or view to be “mainstream” and “objective” but it’s probably partisan and ideological on one side or another. There are people who get their news from the Huffington Post or Newsmax and don’t realize they are getting a leftist and rightist view of the world respectively.