Independently Wealthy

BradensEye
4 min readJul 3, 2020
May Her Freedoms Ring True for All of You, Photo by BradensEye

Prosperity is the psychology we can’t afford to waste. For me, the path of accumulating luxury started to alter in my late twenties. Having entered a world of excess through the arches of celebrity homes, flamboyant movie sets, and a handful of friends with other friends in very ‘high places’, I was seeing firsthand the appearance of how those loaded with cash didn’t evade mental lunacy. In fact, they were often more prone to its insanity. Our sense of values shouldn’t be coming from the size of our bank accounts or extraneous modes. Rather, affluential capital gains ought not to be taxing us so much as turning us on to striking richness within our self-sufficiency realm of pleasurable health. The art form that strokes us ever so benevolently is being independently wealthy in body, mind, and spirit. Wellness is the missing currency everyone deserves to be individually investing in.

The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role, I think, as of the role of the lover…. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see. ~James Baldwin, “The Black Scholar Interviews James Baldwin”, Conversations with James Baldwin

Wealth as a term invites the bounty of possessing a cornucopia of resources. When we think about what we need that we can’t readily point to we tend to fall short in producing it easily. For the most part, we’re substantially well-off to live with so-called freedoms in the USA. Although, the entire planet is tuned in to the hypocrisy our country has been proclaiming somewhat falsely and a bit too loudly for the tastes of the oppressed to enraged. Myself included, it’s always been grueling grappling to weigh where I want to claim my American roots as home turf. Peace to happiness are barometers I plead with the universe to deliver to my doorstep. Yet, all around me, carried throughout the world actually, is anguish built upon rocky shores. For every ounce of opulence I’ve enjoyed, I’ve worked hard to erect my own mansion of awesome mantras to counter the asymmetry. I love the privilege of treating myself as my greatest expense.

You are the finest affair of your life. But, it’s deplorably unclear what pit of depth it’s going to take for all of humanity to embrace the collectively compassionate notion that honoring the assets of every human is a leap on par with any original feat achieved in history…

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BradensEye

LOVER of life. Especially people, places, philanthropy, pondering, and photography.