My in-laws never considered themselves rich. But they are, compared to my generation. To us, being rich means you’re free of debt. It means you don’t have to worry too much about losing your job, along with your health insurance. It means only having to work 40 or 50 hours a week instead of 60, or having to string together three income streams.
'Comfortable is the new rich' is a great way of putting it. I must admit that even though I'm much more fulfilled by having a part-time job and my creative pursuits rather than my old corporate job, something inside me still longs for a world where simply putting your head down and working hard at a job was enough to give you a great lifestyle.