Ah, the good life. Since the great recession, the markets have gone up, the economy has bounced back, and the future looks a little rosier than it did in 2009. Of course, as good personal finance experts will tell you, recessions and downturns are no time to panic. People who took their money out of the market in 2009 missed out on plenty of market gains these past few years. However, since things have turned around, you might expect people being a little more cavalier with their money. The 80s and 90s were prosperous and defined in history by excess in the United States. Even after the tech bubble popped in the early 2000’s, as a country we bounced back and started over-leveraging and buying more and bigger houses than we could really afford.
This recovery feels a little different though. As much as people bash the Millennial Generation, there are little hints that they have learned their lesson. One of these indicators can be found in popular music. Of course, Macklemore’s Thrift Shop was a big one. J$ over at Budgets Are Sexy wrote about Royals by Lorde recently. And today, I’m adding another one to the list: The Good Life by Rock Mafia featuring Lauriana Mae:
The first time I heard this song, I didn’t think about it much. I thought it was catchy and worth another listen. The second time I listened to it, I was wearing my headphones, walking through New York on a gorgeous Spring day a couple of weeks ago. When the chorus came on, I was already in a great mood, so the positivity of the song resonated with me. When I got home, I looked up the lyrics, played the song again and actually paid attention to it. Whaddya know – another song that seems to take a look at priorities and distance itself from the flashy, ostentatious living described in so many pop songs. Here are a few of my favorite lyrics from the song.
I might not have all I want,
But what I got right here and now
It’s perfect, yea!
The sun feels warm and I’m alive
Let’s play that old ’45, and church it
Yup – just walking down the sunny streets of New York. That sun does feel warm! There’s always more to “want” in life, but, as you’ve been told, time and again, it’s best to appreciate what you have. Just because it’s so often said, doesn’t make it less true!
I pray for all the human beings
That we all know what it really means
To care about somebody else more than you do for yourself
Your family, your friends
Personal relationships are important! Yes – I couldn’t agree more, Lauriana!
Credit, jets, dead presidents, all of that is total utter bullsh*t
I’m still on board with her here. But wait, isn’t this a blog all about money and personal finance? Yes, but the money habits you create are there to serve the parts of your life that make you truly happy. So, I will definitely never own a jet. Of course, credit and dead presidents are something that I think can be used to improve your life, but money and credit for the sake of money and credit itself IS total utter bullsh*t!
Empty pockets help me jump higher,
Smiles from kids comes fresh out the dryer
Water this clean and food in my fridge
Most of the world just can’t get with This Good Life
This part of the song is where she loses me just a bit. She has her priorities in the right place, but I don’t think she’s aware that, when used properly, money can help you achieve even more of “The Good Life”. Not through spending on ridiculous jets and bling, but through giving you free time to focus on family, friends, and your passions.
Overall, I am encouraged that the music of today seems to indicated that Millennials are starting to “get it”, even as the stock market bounces back and people are starting to feel wealthy again. Plus, just try not to be happy listening to this catchy tune out on a balcony sipping your favorite beer, or drink of choice!
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