I was reading through the Sunday newspaper yesterday and to my delight I saw that Parade Magazine had their annual "What People Earn" edition.
This year they compared people's salaries from years ago to what they earned now.
I love this annual edition because although they throw in the salaries of celebrities or sporting professionals, it mainly focuses on the likes of you and I.
People with jobs from tour guides, funeral directors, teachers of many subjects, freelancers, social workers and cosmetic surgeons are asked about the money they make.
Some have doubled their incomes in just a few years, many have seen their incomes decreasing. But the comment sections of the people interviewed were the most interesting.
While actors, entertainers and sports professionals make the most money, they are certainly not the happiest. Personal and (ironically) financial woes often plague the rich and famous, especially if they have no idea how to handle their money. It's the poor who know how to make the most of every dime they have.
The behaviors and sense of entitlement amongst some of the rich and famous can be appalling. This doesn't mean the working man and woman are bastions of good and moral living but it shows that although money eases the fear of paying the bills and offers an opulent lifestyle, it doesn't guarantee happiness and can't ensure a life of good health.
Many interviewed admitted that their salaries were difficult to live on, but if they loved their jobs -- and had health benefits -- it really didn't matter.
Tanya Tabachnikoff was making $14,500 back in the 80s as an Editorial Assistant. Now, at the age of 47, she's making $32,000 as a Teen Counselor -- so hardly in it for the money. But she says " I'm in my third career now. I choose jobs based more on what interests me than money."
Hai On went from making $32,000 as an architect in Alaska to making one-third of that in Hawaii nearly thirty years later. But he says "It was difficult working in Alaska. I came to the Big Island for the quality of life. Working 24/7 is not important."
Not everyone is happy with their small salaries.