I believe the best lessons are learned when you learn them in the most interesting ways. I have gotten some strange inspirations from some strange places. I used to be really into arts and crafts when I was a child. I used to love going to paint stores because of all the great ideas I would get about future projects. I would also love to go to art museums (still do actually) and walk around to “get inspired” by the displays. One time, I got too close to a really famous painting. I guess I got a little “too inspired” and reached out to touch the painting, I know, it sounds crazy but I was just a little kid at the time. One of the people working there shouted, ” Get away from there!” Well, it took about five seconds for me to lose the inspiration and run out of that room.
This is just an example from my past. Finding inspiration in places for personal finance can be just as interesting. I learned a lot from my parents. They taught me a few good lessons. They also taught me a few bad ones. It was my mom who encouraged me to get my first savings account. She was also the one who encouraged me to get a credit card and we all know how that worked out. I was inspired to commit positive and negative financial actions.
One of the most unique financial inspirations I have gotten was from a little Hello Kitty wallet I got as a child. I still remember that wallet. It was bright pink with little plastic buttons. It was the first wallet I ever owned and it was my most valuable possession at the time. I kept every little piece of money I owned in that wallet and it soon became my biggest motivator in saving money. I remember feeling such a sense of pride when I put coins and dollar bills in that thing. It gave me such a sense of accomplishment to see it getting bigger and bigger. I actually became sad when O took money out to spend on my stickers and bubble gum. I guess I was a bit of a peculiar child.
One of the other weird and motivating inspirations of mine is what I call “cloud staring.” I used to do it all the time to clear my head. I would just lie on a blanket in my backyard and just stare up at the sky. I can’t tell you how relaxing it is and how I have been able to think through problems that I have had using this method. When I was younger, I would even think about what I wanted to buy in the future. It may sound counter intuitive, but these thinking trips motivated me to work harder so I could save for the things I wanted in the future.
We all have weird things that have helped us in our lives. Its funny how these little things how these things can keep us centered in ways that nothing else can. I am thankful for these little things as they have helped make me the person I am today. They maybe zany and unusual but I wouldn’t change them for anything.