It's funny how some people choose to remember you. I ran into one of my old coworkers today and we had the customary "catching up" discussion. One of his first questions after the usual "how've things been?" was to ask me if I was still buying all the latest electronic gadgets? He then went on to ask my if I'd bought a new car lately?
I informed him of the new me and how I was no longer buying everything in sight and was actually saving money. After the conversation, I started to think if that was how people viewed me. I actually was embarrassed at all the money I'd wasted in the past. Was I the guy that spent money like a free-spirited single man with no regard for saving?
I know what people think of me is unimportant and the most important thing is how I view myself. I now view myself as someone who has changed my entire financial picture. I no longer go out and spend without thinking. I no longer pull out my credit card and go crazy at Best Buy. I now plan for expenses that will come up in the next month, 6 months or year.
I like that people look at me as a person to come to for financial advice. I try not to give investment advice but for those basic personal finance questions, I am all ears and always ready to help.
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