It’s not really socially acceptable to talk about money.
I find this weird, and some of my best friends are people who speak candidly and practically about money. It’s something I think about a lot, and it’s refreshing to hear what other people think about money, and what they are doing with their money.
This was going to be a post about my on-going contract negotiations, and on Pea’s delight at realizing that now it will be quite difficult for him to out-earn me four-fold as he does currently, and did while I was a grad student (his text: “yay, now I can be a house-husband!”). But the post was rambly and lacked a salient point.
Then, out of curiosity, I looked up the US census data on mean household incomes, and boggled at where Pea and I fall currently. And it made negotiations seem silly, and it made my concerns about cost-of-life in different places seem silly, and it mostly made me feel really sad and privileged all at once.
So I think my point is I’m worried about money from an entirely new perspective with these negotiations, and grateful that I won’t have to worry about money the way I am used to worrying about it for the forseeable future.