Money, Travel, and My Deep Thought for the Day

"The realest words I ever wrote."
"The realest words I ever wrote."

Money, rather the lack of money, doesn’t stand between you and your dreams.

I was at Sunday brunch when I had this epiphany. The thought had come across my mind many times before, but that was the first time I ever felt compelled or courageous enough, what ever you want to call it, to actually say it.

The moment I said it, I would like to say I felt a sense of relief, but I didn’t. Sometimes, in the midst of the truth setting you free, it also slaps you in the face while calling you to task.

This light bulb moment had nothing to do with my next dream travel destination. It was far from that.

A friend and I were discussing our lives, our hopes for the future, and our big dreams that had dwindled with the passing of time. Why hadn’t I achieved this? Why haven’t I received that? Why did I continue to allow myself to exist in a state of mediocrity?

I wanted to throw money on the table or rather under the bus. The lack of money seems to be the “go to” culprit when life goes left when you were hoping for it to swing to the right.

But here’s the very hard to swallow truth, at least for me: When it comes to living the life that you want, money has absolutely no say in whether you reach the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

When I decided to take my dream trip to London and Paris, I had just graduated from grad school and was working a part-time job making about $17 an hour. I wasn’t quite sure how I would do it, but I decided to, at the very least, begin putting a plan in place. Thankfully, in a very short timeframe, the pieces began to fall into place. I was able to get a second job and from there, I began saving feverishly. Sure it was money that allowed me to purchase my ticket, stay in some great hotels, eat unabashedly for a little over a week, and all the other great things that we experienced. But the journey really began with the plan and me taking that plan and putting it into action.

My experiences in travel have been the best example of what planning and goal setting can do. I live paycheck to paycheck, and yet I have been to some amazing places. Now, to transfer those skills to the other parts of my life.

You hear people ask, if money were no object, what would you do with your life? I have good news, no matter what your bank account says, money doesn’t stand between you and your dreams. You do.

As I have done with myself, I implore you to stop thinking about whatever that “it” is that keeps you from taking the next step. Write down the goal, and make a plan mapping out how it will get done.

While the love of money may be the root of all evil, the lack of it may leave you hungry some days, but it sure won’t stop you from getting from point A to point B.

Happy travels,

ATWG.

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