I once knew a man
Whose story will break your heart.
He was born at midday
He died at midnight 56years later.
He lived wealthy and connected
But he died having no friends and was buried alone.
His life was focused on pursuit
Not of happiness but of wealth.
Not of relationships
But of avenues to riches.
So he made his first million at 23
And a billion 10years later.
But the drive never waned
Neither did the desire for more lessen.
So he chose money over Human beings
And investments over family.
Was he happy?
I can never say, a part of him must have been.
Was he lonely?
Definitely, he was.
And so he missed living
Because he was chasing the things he thought were valuable.
He missed the beauty of the rising sun
The beautiful landscapes that flew by his car window.
He was still wealthy in money at death
But was strikingly poor in friends
He had money, more than enough.
But he couldn’t buy love and affection.
He couldn’t buy a genuine “how are you?”
By the time he understood what he lost,he had reached his end.
His last words were brief and deep.
“In my next life , if there is such, I will choose friends over money, love over wealth, family over investments for wealth without these is nothing but poverty covered with expensive clothes”.