Got an interesting email over the weekend from a fellow B.A.S. reader:
What’s your take on friends and their financial situation? Do you tend to hangout with people who have similar salaries, net worth, etc. or does that not matter to you?
Well, I’ve never really thought about it before so I guess it doesn’t matter to me! :) I pretty much want 2 things in friends: I have to enjoy their company (duh), and they can’t bring me down. That last one’s pretty important because if you surround yourself with people who’s always hating on life and getting all negative it’ll start rubbing off on you. And you def. don’t want that – even if they’re the ones who get into the most (and troublesome) fun.
As far as money and net worth though, I can’t say I know any of my friends’ salaries or financial situations. I know they *seem* to be doing pretty well since we’re always hanging out and spending some entertainment money here and there (esp. on adventures like New Orleans and Eurotrip!), but I’ve never asked them how much they make and I never will. I really don’t wanna know all that stuff to be honest, unless someone’s coming to me for help or something. It always gets weird. Seeing how most of us went to the same college though, and we’re all from pretty much the same background, I’d venture to say we’re all pretty similar in financial status. Some squirreling away more than others ;)
But I honestly don’t care if my friends make $5.00 an hour or $500.00 an hour. As long as they’re cool and we bring each other UP and respect each other I’m ’bout it ’bout it. That’s how friends should be in my opinion – you don’t hang out with them because of their status or rolls of money in their bank accounts, you hang with them because they’re fun and they make you happy. And hopefully you learn from each other too!
I can tell you that I’ve learned sooooo much from all my online friends alone! You all are always teaching me something or making me think one way or another – and besides those who post their financials back to me here, I have NO IDEA how much your net worth is or anything! But I do know you’re awesome and I love seeing ya pop up online ;)
So keep on dropping by my friends. And feel free to ask me anything you want, at any time! I’m always up for sharing my thoughts on stuff… Drop me some questions in the comments if ya want, I like all sorts of them – financial or not ;)
(Photo by Juliana Coutinho)