This article from 'Guardian Money' that was published earlier in the week is an interesting one which I'd urge you to read. People, with a vast range of economic resources, gauge just how well off they believe they are. Their responses didn't really surprise me. Some describe what it truly is like to be economically poor with all the knock on effects of curtailing hopes and dreams that it involves. There are those who feel rich if they can treat themselves to a meal in their work's canteen rather than having to pack a lunch everyday. Then, at the other end of the spectrum, you get those 'poor' souls who really believe that they're hard up because they can't maintain their six bedroom houses and struggle to pay school fees and nannies. Here, I find myself having to curb a decidedly bitchy side of my nature!
According to a bloke that I met on holiday I reckon that I am pretty near destitute. He found it hard to contemplate how anyone could survive on a household income of less than £50,000. Yet, here I am on much less living in a cosy home that is just the right size and layout to meet my needs. I eat lush, mostly home cooked food but can afford the occasional meal out. My primary lifelong wish of travelling widely has been granted although I have to be resourceful to fund this. And I spend quality time with my friends and family doing things that would not be significantly different if I had a huge pot of money to play with. So is Lovelygrey rich or poor? That's a tricky question that I'll leave the rest of you to decide for me.