José Mujica, president of Uruguay, is often referred to as ‘The World’s Humblest President’. He earns only $12,000 USD a year in his role, yet he donates over 90% of it to charity. He chooses not to live in presidential accommodation, instead living with his wife in a one-bedroom farmhouse on the outskirts of Montevideo, and he still drives his 1987 Volkswagen. A little different to most world leaders.
When speaking before the United Nations General Assembly in September 2013, José spoke passionately about his belief that we should live simpler lives, lives founded on relationships, love, friendship, adventure, solidarity and family, instead of living our lives being shackled to the economy. I for one find this inspirational and I couldn’t agree more. Sure, that doesn’t mean I’m about to go live on a farm on $1,200 USD a year, however I’m definitely focused on living a life that’s not driven by the pursuit of the almighty dollar. Money is all well and good however it’s not what true abundance is about – true abundance can be found in our relationships and our experiences.
Who inspires you? Why? Share your thoughts in the Comments section – I’d love to hear what others think.