Tell me one thing about yourself that people don’t know but you would like them to?
“I’m a good man.”
“I had a good life when I was single but a happier one now that I’m married. Because God gave me two kids and a sweet wife – and we are poor, but we are happy. The money that I have now is just to pay my dues. And I’m okay with that.”
Sitting in the back of the Pleasantville Dunkin’ Donuts, enjoying a small coffee, River embodied so much positivity as he briefly told me his story. He never stopped smiling as he talked about his struggles because he continued to appreciate what he has – knowing how other people might take his simple life for granted. He also talked about how money ruins people and only makes them hungrier for it and more greedy in life.
I had to agree. We live in a very capitalistic and individualistic society – and obviously, those two things are fueled by money, and the societal norms that make us believe success is only associated with money. Success is when you can sit down and genuinely tell a stranger that you’re happy. Wishing River the best of luck!
Written by Nihal