There is a saying that "Health is Wealth". I never truly knew the meaning of this quote until some years back. They say "experience is the best teacher" and I did learned the importance of having a good health "almost" the hard way.
I am someone who loves saving. Growing up in a family where things were not handed to me on a platter of gold, we were living fine but not in luxury so I learned firsthand that I can get some things that I need through savings.
Before completing my fashion training, I have been saving up to get an industrial machine as I learned it will help make the clothes I make look very neat.
Since I also work while I was learning, I do ensure that I save a little out of my salary every month no matter how small it is.
I had lots of plans for myself as regards the way I want my fashion place to be but just like every other business, it will require money to start it up.
"If I can get about 150,000 naira(approx. $150) now, I would add that to the little money I have saved so far", I said to a colleague of mine one day while we were talking about our plans.
"Why don't you ask your loved ones for financial help ?", she asked.
" I did but they are not financially bouyant at the moment", I replied her.
Besides I believe that if I am to ask for financial help from my loved ones then I must have saved an higher percentage of the money myself.
So I continued saving up even to the detriment of some things I needed. But then sometimes what we plan doesn't always work out the way we had planned.
It all started when I was ill and I started feeling weak coupled with headaches and the sorts. I concluded it might be due to stress since I barely fall ill. So I ignored it till it became worse.
I didn't want to spend the money on me by going to the hospital or taking tests as I believed I could just "wing" it by engaging in self-medication.
After spending on drugs and still didn't get any result, I paused and had a rethink. I thought of my life and what would happen to the money I had "saved" if my illness became very serious to the point of death. I knew I had to act fast and not joke with my health.
I immediately withdrew the money, went for a blood test and it was then I discovered that I had malaria. A very serious one at that.
I went to register at a private hospital and got the proper treatments I needed. I also made sure I ate good and nutritious meals and in no time I was very much better.
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When I calculated the money left with me, I knew it won't be enough to get a new sewing machine so I decided to use the money to get a fairly used sewing machine so I could still use that in sewing and so far it hasn't been giving me any issues as it works very well.
I figured I would continue with my savings, then also save from the profit I make in my fashion business, and in no time I would still get the industrial machine that I want.
So I learned that even if I was saving for a good cause, it shouldn't be to the detriment of my health as I realized that there is no way I can enjoy wealth if I am not in good health.
Thank you for reading.