It’s funny, you know. I actually feel as if I am starting to sound redundant and going around in circles trying to have conversations with my mother. I mean, it’s ridiculous.
Ok, yes, I guess that I am doing a lot of traveling this year. It strategically panned out that way, after almost a year of saving and strategizing and planning everything out, I do have quite a few trips planned for this year. I have spoken to you about them.
So far 2018 has been an amazing year, and I have done so many things and had so many amazing opportunities.
Okay, yes, I might be getting married. But can you believe that my mother truly had the nerve to say to me, “okay, so you have got the traveling out of your system. You can settle down now and save for other things, such as a house and this and that….” I guess I am not surprised that she said that. If I had a dollar for every time someone said something along those lines to me, I would be a bloody millionaire. It is not okay. It is just not okay.
And to add salt to the wound, she followed up with, “I still haven’t gotten travel out of my system” and, now that you are getting married, “you guys will have to save up together and go someplace together.” I get that. But I am always happiest when I am traveling, one and two, because I am better with my money and can save up faster than my fiancé and get paid more than he does, and have more flexibility with the time I can take off work, I don’t see why I should wait to go somewhere that I really want to go, just because he or whoever does not have the money to go at the time. It is and always will be my goal to each year, go someplace new that I have never been before. The age old adage is true you know, “Life is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.”
To me, there will always be more things to do, new places to see, new adventures to be had, whether they are here in the United States, or whether they are there overseas, internationally. Maybe the adventure is right in my backyard. I just discovered the Rose Wine Mansion–which I now have tickets to, as well as the Dream Machine in Brooklyn, New York. Life is all about having new experiences–after all, you never know who you’ll meet along the way.
My mother is wrong when she says that I need to do this or that or slow down. I do not view life in the same light that she does and I need to stop listening to her and stop doing things to please her and make her happy. After all, it’s my life. I love my mother, don’t get me wrong, but at the end of the day, I need to do what makes me happy. Another quote for you to absorb, “be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” I truly mean that and I truly believe that.
I can’t live my life the way my mother sees fit. On contrary to what my mother believes, I have no intentions of slowing down anytime soon. If anything, I am just getting started. I will only slow down when my body is no longer capable, when I am ailing and it hurts more to keep moving than it does to stay put.
So here is my advice to you! Do not listen to the naysayers. Follow your heart and live your truth!! (Seriously. I am about to stop telling my mom when I am traveling).