My closest friend has steadily climbed the success ladder. He now just moves his money around. His lavish lifestyle includes cheating on his wife. I don’t want to be like him but I marvel at all the high-end “toys” he buys.
My wife of 14 years and I live on a far different level, doing okay. We both work, have a nice family home and two great kids, 10 and 12.
But my wife gets very uncomfortable whenever I go for a drink or dinner with him. She believes that I’ve been faithful but feels that my friend’s a bad influence.
I have a tendency to sometimes feel down because I can’t see that we’re ever going to rise another level to provide our kids and ourselves with more ease.
If either of us gets sick and/or have to stop working, it’ll make a huge dent in what we can do regarding the kids’ future education or family holidays.
This attitude makes my wife feel I should stop seeing my friend. She says that no matter what laughs/good times we have together, I come home unhappy.
She’s right that I get depressed. Should I stop seeing a long-time friend because I’m incapable of achieving even close to his success?
My Too-Successful Friend