I have decided that my new, “must have” at this moment in my life is: a serious view.
As many of you know, my house in Tropica is for sale and I’m contemplating moving back to colder climes. But when I look at what I can afford…it’s not appealing, it’s rather appalling.
Recently I visited a friend in Seattle. From her kitchen and living room she has a panoramic view of Mercer Island, a lake and Mt. Ranier. It’s soul filling and dreamy. Even though the house itself is modest, it’s the view that makes this house worth millions, certainly beyond my means.
Another friend has a condo overlooking Vancouver bay with a major view of water, islands, boats, twinkling city lights.
Which brings me to my gripe. This is not about being jealous of my rich friends. It’s about: Why do views cost so much? Why is it that only the wealthy can have views? Does this mean that beauty belongs only to the rich and the rest of us are supposed to do with less or none?
What does money have to do with beauty? Aren’t poor people entitled to beauty too? Shouldn’t beauty be egalitarian? Does the world think poor people don’t want beauty? Why has beauty become expensive? Aren’t we all, as human beings, entitled to beauty?
Of course it’s a question of supply and demand. There aren’t that many space with views, therefore, they go to the highest bidder.
The Korean beauty industry democratized skincare. They realized the desire for beautiful complexion is not limited to wealthy women who can afford high priced, scientifically advanced products. Middle class and lower class women wanted beautiful skin too. And so began the phenomenon of K Beauty, making beautiful skin accessible for every women.
A new home or flat with an amazing view is my next goal. A view makes me happy. It lets me look into the heart of nature, into the future, the distance, to something untouchable and cosmic. A view that will feed and inspire my soul.
Clearly, I’m not going to get my view with money. I’m going to have to get it with cleverness and smarts.
It’s an interesting and challenging goal. I’ll let you know how it goes.