Grace.....Quite the complex question. And I say that because immediately I had several questions I would want to ask before offering an answer I'd be satisfied with. There is so much in life that can have varying degrees of importance to us at particular stages/periods in our lives. .....wealth & love being only 2.
For the vast majority of ordinary common folks, it should be fairly clear to us that we hope for and search for "love." While being aware of the financial side of existence and the necessary actions we need to take to ensure our abilities to live well, comfortable and engaged with the world, during youth, it's almost an after thought. The reality is, being young & carefree, isn't exactly a recipe that encourages us to focus on our financial health, especially in terms of the "future.' Yes, some young people, perhaps due to upbringing, example of family mindset, are an exception.
The light bulb becomes brighter as we grow , learn and change. The concept of wealth becomes an interesting goal. So much of our personalities are involved in how much"importance" we might place on wealth, to say nothing of lifestyle, dreams and desires.
Having been very much in love and receiving love as well, there is no doubt it is a truly vital part of health, happiness and even success. LOVE is all it is presented and believed to be, universally, by at least 98% of the human race. Can there be much argument or denial of this fact?
My response now is coming from an acknowledgement & awareness that I have always had love in my life~~all the varying forms and degrees of love....romantic, maternal, familial, etc. I haven't always had wealth but it's a powerful incentive to aspire. Ideally, we strive for both love and wealth, and then some. In the most basic of hypothetical.... the genie from the bottle appears to offer me my "choice" with a one-time wish, that cannot be changed once granted.....I know I would fight a really strong pull within, prodding me to choose wealth...(could this be attributed to my current age/stage in life?) I ask because I also know in the end, I would choose love. Something has always told me that in terms of regret....the risk of sorrow is greater with wealth...as opposed to love.
This must be my honest answer, Grace, because I just wrote it down! Thanks for asking. I just learned something about myself!
Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season!...........Peace, Paula