Why I’m Glad I Wasn’t Born Rich
You probably read the title and said is this girl for real right now? But I’m serious. I’m glad I didn’t grow up rich and that I had to work for what I had. I see so many celebrities out there loaded with money and they don’t do anything with their riches but buy clothes. Can you imagine having enough money to have anything you desire and you’ve never really gotten out of the country? Only to do shows but never to actually explore the area.
I can’t predict how I would be like since my entire childhood would have been re-written but maybe it would be so easy to travel and do anything I desired that I would become too lazy to achieve anything. After all, what’s the point of planning a trip in a couple of months when I could go whenever I felt like it. Then there’s the other side of things. It’s not like I would be saving money towards this anyways so would I even appreciate it and realize how fortunate I am to be getting this opportunity?
Things would come so easily that I could stay in a country for a couple of days and not even take in the moment because I would have the whole “who cares? I can come back whenever I want” mentality. Not saying that every rich person doesn’t take advantage of their situation or that they aren’t grateful for it. I’m just saying I honestly don’t know what kind of person I would be like and a part of me would be scared to find out.
When I first bought my trip to Europe it was with EF College Break and I was able to do so by making monthly payments of $500. I’ll admit, I was hesitant at first. The only monthly bills I had to pay prior to that was my phone bill, which only cost me $100/month, and my credit card bill, which I never let get too high. Besides that, daily spendings, and filing up my tank, I had no other obligations. Oh and another thing.. my parents weren’t able to help out with college as much as they used to so I had another whooping $500/month to pay for school. My monthly expenses were easily passing the thousand mark and I started to wonder whether spontaneously signing up for this trip was the best idea.
Something about being independent and booking my trip regardless of the fact that I would know no one though felt empowering. It felt good to know that I was getting off the bandwagon and doing something for me. I was 19 years old. Why I felt so trapped before this decision I’ll never know. Anyways, with nothing to lose, the world was mine for the taking. I’m young so I have plenty of time to invest in myself. If that means taking a year to be a part-time student and to stay a semester behind on school until I figure out what I want, then so be it.
As the trip started approaching, I decided to get the debt out of the way as soon as possible and finally paid it all off in 9 months. The fact that I worked for most of the year to pay this trip off made it that much more important to me. It has been the biggest investment of my entire life (jk I completely forgot about college but let’s just ignore that one real quick). This trip meant everything to me. Not only because it would be the first time I would be traveling to Europe or going backpacking for a month, but because I was actually able to pull this off. It wasn’t about the actual trip as much as what it represented to me. This was my ticket to freedom from the mental prison I was keeping myself in. Your only limitations are the ones you set for yourself and sometimes you have to go through a lot of experiences for that lesson to finally seep in and get across to you.
Ever since I bought that trip I’ve been planning other travels left and right. I worked for it. I worked for these adventures and that’s what makes it so amazing. When I want to go to a country I have to think, “how many weeks or months do I have to work to pay this off?”, so when I get there it’s exciting because everything I’ve been doing prior to that was with the intent and goal of arriving at my destination. This taught me that there’s really nothing stopping me, not even money. I wish I could explain to you how much this simple lesson has transformed my life. I felt like a Pokemon that evolved. I went from Piccachu to Raychu and that’s probably the best comparison I could give you at this moment.
So often we complain about our situation and idolize those who are more economically stable than us. We fail to realize we were given the life we needed to learn the lessons that we still haven’t. Unsure of what I wanted to do with my future, and as corny as it sounds, I had to lose myself to find myself. I could’ve continued living in college as a full-time student pretending everything was dandy but that just wasn’t for me anymore and sometimes you need to get away from all the noise to hear what your true calling is.
I would’ve never become aware of the fact that I had the ability of making my own dreams come true if they were just handed to me. If that were the case, I would always be depending on other people instead of making a change for myself. Only through hard work and soul searching did it become clear that l wanted traveling to become my career instead of just my hobby. When they say you have to build the future you want, they mean it literally. Whether you hope to one day become the best musician out there or whether you want to create blogging a full-time career, you have to put the time in and prove to the world, along with yourself, that you deserve it.