Cycling in dark, cold and rain to work through central London. Passed by a Bentley. Glanced sideways. Looked warm and comfy. Next car past was a Porche, then another, then another. Looked around for the Top Gear film crew. Rough calc of £200k+ in 4 cars. And me on my Halfords bike in the rain.
And it hit me. I wouldn’t swap places for all the tea in china. I’m happy with me, my life, my beautiful wife, my newborn daughter, my choices, my priorities, my struggles and my shortcomings.
No sour grapes, no envy, just ambivalence. In fact, if I’m completely honest, there was a little grin. I smiled. Awesome car, I thought, but you’ve been mugged. That car is making up for something. The car marketing squad have sold you a dream that isn’t yours. In the Top five regrets of the dying no-one mentioned cars. Did they?
Our priorities define us. They shape our actions, habits, character and destiny. Best make sure they are really our priorities and not the marketing man’s or anyone else’s.