I have this thing with white blouses. I'm way less fond of pale green rocking chairs, but hey, the day where it will be replaced by a superchillrelaxfauteuille is coming closer. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This rocking chair used to be my mothers. I still remember exactly where it used to stand, next to a fuel oiled stove. One with a glass window so that you could see the fire burn. And with a cover plate so that you didn't burn your hands on the upper side. But if you wanted you could lift the cover plate to hang laundry on it and in the meantime keep your food warm on the stove. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We didn't have much luxury in those days, but to be honest, we didn't miss it because we didn't know about it. It was only when I grew up and saw some wealth on other places, that I came to realise that life could be better. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The fuel oiled stove, and the house we lived in at that time, was replaced by a new house, built by my father. He worked his daily shift in the colemine but in the evening hours he built that new house. Step by step, brick by brick. He probably wasn't the only person who worked his but of to improve his family's life. But I did get to see him age much faster once the construction of the house came on top of his job. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I saw him, as well as my mother, worr hard for a better life, save on household "luxury" such as kitchen paper. Money wasn't spent where it wasn't necessary. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So I grew up with respect for money, respect for work and especially with the idea that earning and having money had to be hard. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What I've learned in the last years, thanks to self-development and my side-business, is on the one hand that there is no glory in the consistent struggle and on the other hand that it doesn't have to physically nor mentally wear you out to earn money. There are better ways, smarter ways. Ways that compound your effort. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And even though I'm older & wiser than I was at the time my mom sat in that rocking chair, I'm still grateful for it. It was the first step in my development to who I am today.