Have you ever thought of doing some Math?
I was reading some article written by a friend last week. She does the tally of her expenditure every day. I carry a notebook for inspiration she carries a balance sheet.
When I asked why? She said that she does that because she has to know just how much she is spending as compared to what she is earning. It was simple. Then I asked, why is that important?
"Because I want to know what I'm worth, duh?"
Well, let us back up a bit okay?
So here's my life in Math as I did last Friday:
- Scratch card/ airtime- 20/=
- Breakfast- (chapati and tea) 30/=
- Pen/ 32 page exercise book 10/=
- Wrigley's PK- 7/=
- Boda boda 20/=
- Lunch 50/=
- Roasted Maize 10/=
- TOTAL: 147/=
So that is something ain't it? I could do without the chapati, pen, boda boda and maize and that'd leave me with 97/=.
I reckon I spend more than a dollar every day- but this data is flawed, because I'm listing just what I spend- not what my uncle and his gracious family spend on my meals and accommodation- so I spend more, but this Math changes with time and the situation.
Like a Cancer patient?
An orphanage manager?
A homeless person...see it changes, and it got me thinking with monetization of the vital things we have life has become almost meaningless. Life has been cashified- if I may use that term. So what does this mean?
Essential traits like pride over our achievements has been monetized. The more vehicles you have, most mistresses, most kids, large houses- the better off you are.
So, let's keep my friend's game rolling- how much is your life worth in cash? And to get to that follow these simple steps:
- Write down what strengths you have as you kickstart your day.
- Write down what you have done during the day.
- Then write down how much money you spent during the day and next to each amount write the objective achieved: like 50/= for lunch.
- Assign numbers one and two monetary values
- Subtract the total realized in number 4 from 3
- What you have is the value of your life
Tell me if it's worth living or not.