Of late, I’ve been getting a fair few requests for donations for various good causes.

These are often friends, friends of friends and elders who I know well.

All of them represent good causes.

But, the problem here is obvious of course. I already set aside a portion of my salary for this reason. And I don’t plan on any additional donations at least for the time being.

Having said that, it doesn’t feel nice having to disappoint/ignore people who I know pretty well. While I’m saying ‘no’ only to the idea of giving to another cause, I’m just hoping it doesn’t get misinterpreted. It’s not fun on this side. It’s unlikely to be too much on the other side as well.

It’s turning out to be a bit of a struggle.

I guess I’m missing what Master Shifu would call inner peace on this matter.

It’s also taking some getting used to. I couldn’t help looking back at my student days and envying the lack of such money related problems. Nobody dared ask me for extra cash as a debt ridden student. Having enough for myself was a big enough deal.

Ah. To be young and carefree.

Now that I say that, I remember walking around as a student feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders. Wonder what that was all about..