Paulo Almeida

Paulo Almeida, drummer/percussionist, arranger, composer

Drummer/percussionist, composer and arranger of multiple music genres.

To be rich....

Saying today from my daily sayings desk reminder is.... "Are you rich?  'To know when you have enough is to be rich.' -Lao-Tze  That's rich!"  Money is always something that I have struggled to have a good relationship with.  When I was working full time in New York in management, I did pretty well.  I figured out a way to make enough money to pay my bills and still be able to put some money into my savings, as well.  At the same time, I learned that doing a job like this where I was spending most of my time working was not very fulfilling.  But I was rich.  I had a wonderful group of friends going on and I was really enjoying my social life in New York at the time.  I had wonderful people to use as my support network and lived in a wonderful city.  But I wasn't able to contribute as much time to my music as I wanted to.  Now I'm in a position to do that and need to remind myself to make sure I put in enough time.  It's easy to get busy doing a bunch of other things and forget about the reason I left my big-boy job in the first place.  I feel very rich in many ways, yes, but just because it's hard to have a comfortable life in the US without maintaining a certain level of income, it kind of makes it a necessary evil to have some cash flow happening regularly.