|my favorite seat, in my favorite cafe|
Years ago, after I turned 30, I decided that absolutely nothing was more important to me than to travel. It became, for me, the primary criteria by which every purchasing decision was made: "Does this get me closer to an airplane?" If the answer was no, then I at least paused before proceeding.
The upshot of this discipline is that I was able to go to Europe twice a year, spending about 3 weeks there in total each year. My co-workers exhibited a constant combination of annoyance, jealousy, and just plain incomprehension as to how this could be done.
- As soon as I got a cell phone, I disconnected my land line.
- Packed lunches.
- Coffee from the free office coffee maker, rather than the expensive cafe downstairs.
- No cable television.
- A library card.
- Lots of walking.
- Buffing my nails rather than paying someone else to paint toxic chemicals on them.
I'm not against manicures, or frappucinos, or having someone serve me a meal. But I wanted to travel, and that's what I wanted the most.
You can only spend each dollar you earn once. If you're NOT spending your income on what you want to do, why not? Obligations to others are understandable, but lack of focus on your part can be changed.