Day 19 - Revelations
A few days back, I noted that this experiment was turning out to be a pretty spectacular conversation starter. And that has continued, but recently with a twist.
I’ve now had several conversations where, once I’m done explaining what I’m doing, the person gets a very somber look and their face and says something like, “Yeah, I remember that time in my life.” Then they go on to explain some time in their life when things just weren’t going the way they should and they were forced to live on a dollar a day.
What surprises me about conversations like this is that for the most part, these are people who are quite financially successful now. They own nice homes full of nice things, drive nice cars, wear nice clothes… but somewhere in their past, whether it be just a week or sometimes months, they were forced into the experiment I’ve chosen.
What’s even more surprising is that they would share such a thing about their past. As chance would have it, most of the people in my life were brought up to believe that money is a personal issue. You don’t really talk about how much or how little you have. For these people, saying, “There was this time in my life when I was so dirt poor I ate rice for four months,” is a huge revelation. There’s just something disarming about this experiment, something that resonates very much with people who have been there at one time or another.