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I May Look Like The Squire But Really... [Mar. 24th, 2018|11:14 am]
Tony Grist
The men who delivered the dishwasher were going on about how rural we are.

"And you own all this land?"

"Well...sort of. It's my mother's really." Which was Jesuitical of me.

 I'm not comfortable with being visibly rich. I had rich parents (so a safety net in place) but I've never lived rich.

"It's a lot bigger than my back garden in Croydon" said the man.

Yeah, but most of my adult life I didn't even have a back garden. I had a yard...

[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-03-24 11:44 am (UTC)
This is also something I try to remind myself of: Growing up wealthy, but it never really mattered for you. And you never developed such habits which rely on a financially wealthy base for your own life.
Saying, nobody can choose what he's going to be born in. Neither poor, nor rich. (Being born rich can also be a burden...)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-03-24 04:13 pm (UTC)
I think it must be rather frightful to be super-rich.
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[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-03-24 04:30 pm (UTC)
Being rich and your parents hold a certain expectation up to you to follow in their steps or to continue leading their "work" (e. g. enterprise) when they grow old.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-03-24 03:37 pm (UTC)
I had to chuckle at your use of the word "Jesuitical" because that's exactly what your statement was. I didn't grow up with rich parents but we lived well enough. It's the people who want to appear wealthy to others when they aren't and who live beyond their means who have a problem.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-03-24 04:23 pm (UTC)
My father worked for a big engineering company when I was a kid- and we were well to do but not spectacularly so. Then he formed his own company and got a lot wealthier.

Yes, living beyond one's means is a recipe for disaster.
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[User Picture]From: topum
2018-03-24 11:41 pm (UTC)
We had rich parents and grandparents (on both sides) and great-grandparents and we also never lived rich growing up. I did go off the rails just a little bit when I got my first big bonus but not too bad and only for a very short period (trying to do what people around me did). I didn't like it at all and I stopped very quickly and reverted to my usual ways.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-03-25 08:16 am (UTC)
I had a comfortable middle-class upbringing. My parents got richer as time went by.
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