File this under "how to be a personal finance doofus..."
Maybe you know you have a warped perspective on life, the kind of perspective only an obsessive personal finance blogger can have, when you start finding financial symbolism in unlikely places. I've been listening to my ipod more than usual lately, and suddenly found myself mulling over these lyrics:
I'm taking my freedomI couldn't help wondering if this was somehow about taking money that should be earmarked for future retirement savings, which to me is "freedom," and squandering it on jewelry and an expensive car and/or gasoline. Could "living life like it's golden" refer to living beyond one's means, and enjoying some kind of gilded existence that is only illusory?
Pulling it off the shelf
Putting it on my chain
Wearing it 'round my neck
I'm taking my freedom
Putting it in my car
Wherever I choose to go
It will take me far
I'm living my life like it's golden...
The song is called "Golden," by Jill Scott, and you can read the lyrics yourself here. After doing so, I'm sure you'll agree that my initial impression was wrong, and that it's just a song about living freely and joyfully, without any particular embrace of materialism despite the first verse. It's a great song, actually, but I'm afraid it won't make it into my next "Money Music" playlist.
And yeah, I'm a doofus.