PostADay Prompt November 27th – Race the clock: Here’s the topic for your post: “An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse.” Set a timer for ten minutes, and write it. Go!
If someone knocked on my door right now, right at this very second, and offered to pay for my wedding for me… If they said “money is no object” and promised that I could be involved as much or as little as I wanted in organising the wedding… that would be an offer I couldn’t refuse.
Of course it is true that money doesn’t buy happiness. Likewise a wedding is ‘just a day’ with a hefty price tag. But still, it is my wedding. We almost cancelled it a couple of weeks ago, because we were so convinced that we couldn’t afford it. Being unemployed students really does not help with paying for a wedding that is (at the time of writing) only nine and a half months away.
Money is a tricky thing. But whilst I see the logic in the old adage I don’t believe I am the only one who sees that money is necessary for consistent happiness, in most cases. Yes, even the poorest people may experience moments of happiness every now and again. But I’m sure when they’re shivering in the cold trying to sleep, or when they haven’t eaten in days and their stomach is growling so loudly that they can’t hear themselves think…
Tell me, how can money not help in these situations? It’s a fact of the modern world – food and shelter, the basic necessities of life, are dependent on money. And without the basic necessities of life, how can anyone be truly happy?
Of course I know my situations are far lesser than this. Struggling to pay for a wedding is hardly comparable to being homeless and starving. But the problems filling one’s own vision are inevitably the largest problems on one’s minds, simply because they are ever-present.
So yes, if someone knocked on my door and offered me a wedding that I could only dream of in the wildest corners of my imagination (and believe me, I have a wacky imagination!) I would jump on the opportunity without a moment’s hesitation. (Actually I might hesitate, after all… I’m not sure why someone would offer such a thing without a catch of some sort being involved.) But, if the offer was of a certain amount of money to use towards the wedding… I would like to think my jumping would be slightly less direct, and that I would plan my wedding with some frugality (as we are trying at the moment), and what is left from the offered sum I would readily, and happily, pass on to those less fortunate than me.
Because money may not buy happiness, but it certainly helps.