Okay after my old college roomie visiting for last weekend and this weekend, made me a bit jealous. Not jealous where I wish for them to have less, but hopes that I can have as much.
So they both are working full time in SF earning obviously very decent salaries. And not being married and not owning a home means they have a ton of disposable income. It became very apparent from going out with them that they are awesome DINKS with tons of earning power. I also realize that they are on vacation so their spending is not typical.
But we sat chatting and talking over dinner and wine and realized that our lifestyles have sooo dramatically changed from college and living together. We no longer consider ramen noodles a meal and we both drive reliable cars (never had one and she had such a junker it broke down all the time). The lifestyle that once looked so beyond our reach we're now enjoying.
But back to wanting to be the Joneses. We spent the day out around the town and BF forgot his sunglasses. So he just went out and bought a pair of Revo Sunglasses for $230. This just set me back a tiny bit. But I realize they work super hard and deserve everything they earn. It just made me wish I had their life.
But then I snapped back to reality and realized it doesn't matter because you have to be happy with what you make period. So my friends are the Joneses, but hey they are very kind and generous by treating us to dinner. So I'd rather keep them as friends then chasing them away.
By the way these are not my only Joneses friends. My best friend is the same. And worse is they are major savers and investors too so they aren't irresponsible.