Confession time: I am fantastic at buying things I can't really afford. I don't think I've ever met a shoe or a dress or a bag that I couldn't rationalise spending my cash on. After all, I work hard for my money, so I should be able to buy nice things, right? Right! But here's the clincher, I also believe I have a responsibility to spend my money in a way that isn't all at ASOS, in a way that isn't all on myself.
Earlier this year, I read about attorney Fred Boettcher, who left a $25,000 tip for a waiter who needed the money to fix his teeth. A huge donation to improve a stranger's smile – if that story doesn't make you feel all warm and gooey inside, I think you need your pulse checked. And when Fred was asked why he did it, he told a morning TV show, "I'm blessed with the ability to help."
And he's right – because it doesn't matter how many hours we spend at the office or how stressed our jobs make us, we should remember that while our money is hard earned (and often it's tight), it's also a blessing. I've studied hard, worked weekends and made plenty of sacrifices to get everything I have, and I'm proud of that. But I also know most of it comes down to one thing: good fortune. A string of blessings.
I was lucky that that I was born into a family that had the money to raise me in a nice area in Sydney.
I was lucky that I could go to a good school and, with the right grades, university.
I was lucky that I could live at home while I studied and devoted myself to unpaid internships.
I was lucky that when I left university there was an industry that was thriving enough to employ me.
I was lucky that I've been healthy enough hold down a job.
I'm lucky everyday that I get to go to work and do something that I'm good at.
I'm lucky for the sense of accomplishment and pride it gives me.
I'm lucky for the pay check it gives me.
And I'm lucky this week that I'm blessed with the ability to send some money to Nepal.
So, yes, every dollar I have to my name, I have worked hard for. But I never kid myself that it's anything but luck that got me here. And I never want to lose sight of my social responsibility to give something back to those who haven't been so lucky.