When the Norwegian playwright, Ibsen, was a young child, his family enjoyed a comfortable way of life financed by his father’s great success in the timber shipping industry. Within a few years, however, his family’s financial fortunes were dramatically changed and the family found themselves in dire need.
His mother turned to religion for solace while his father sank into a lingering depression. Ibsen’s sense of loss and insecurity was given voice though this characters in his plays.
Ibsen’s famous evaluation of wealth has been quoted countless times and continues to right true:
“Money may be the husk of many things, but not the kernel. It brings you food but not appetite; medicine but not health; acquaintances but not friends; servants but not faithfulness; days of joy but not peace and happiness.”
In sum, money is not everything. Money is not a means to an end. I say pick “quality of life” over “living for a paycheck” – you will be happier in the long run.