I’ve had some people say to me – upon finding out that I’ve explored the Canary Islands for a month in 2016, visited Italy for 2.5 months in 2017, and travelled Antarctica by way of ship for a month in 2018 – that, “It must be nice.” And not in a sincere tone of voice. One with a snarkiness to it. One that implies jealousy or that I am for some reason doing something terrible.
Now, I understand that, yes, I travel more than some people could only wish. But I believe in part it is because of their own choosing. You see, when it comes to getting the things you want, it’s all about priorities and making choices that reflect those priorities. It’s also a matter of practicing the Law of Attraction (which is another lesson for another time).
I have chosen the profession I am in, not only because I like to help people and I am good at the biology-type stuff, but because the pay is pretty good as well. I took it one step further and chose to be a relief pharmacist because, sometimes, I can sneak away for long periods of time.
Now don’t get me wrong, what I do is not for the faint of heart. Rarely ever home in my own apartment, I decided to get rid of it in 2017. I miss a lot of time with family and friends, and I work and drive long hours. Just last week, between work and drive time I gathered 78 hours. This is not the usual, but it does happen. And it can get pretty tiring if I don’t look after myself. But I do it because I love it, I think I’m pretty good at it, and it helps get me what I want.
So I have a good paying job. Yes. I work a lot of hours. Yes. But that’s not the only thing I do on a daily basis that helps me travel. I just invest my money differently than most. For example, I don’t have a million DVDs, in fact I am not sure if I even have a TV anymore. I don’t have any toys like boats or campers, and I don’t smoke. I do drink, but not often. If I do, I have a couple while out with friends. Never have I had a weekend where I spent hundreds of dollars out partying. I don’t own a house. I have never had a wedding, and I don’t have children.
What I DO have is a 2015 Ford F150 Lariat 4x4 named Harrison that I bought when my dear old Dora the Explorer died. That was a sad day. And Harrison is not so much of a luxury, but a necessity. He’s an investment I will never regret because he looks after me while I drive all over Saskatchewan – at all hours and in all kinds of weather.
I also have student loans and a line of credit which I used to go to Italy and Antarctica. Yes, they were expensive. No, I will not tell you at this moment in time how much they were. The reason why is simply because it was a lot. I will tell you how much they were when I pay them off within the next year or so.
I am going to tell you one very important thing about these trips: They were absolutely worth it, and I will never regret the choices I made. The lessons I’ve learned about myself and the people I’ve met have enriched my life in ways I could not have ever imagined. There’s nothing better than being outside all day, eating fresh food, drinking great wine, meeting super people, and walking miles upon miles, while feasting my eyes upon the wondrous natural and architectural beauty that exists within this world.
So, when you look at me and say, “It must be nice,” I won’t take it as a negative comment… because if you say such a thing then you really don’t know me that well. You don’t know my desires, my passions, my life. What I do know is that you are probably just conflicted when it comes to what you think you want and are unsure how to make it happen.
I am happily confident in the decisions I make and the way I live my life. When you say, “It must be nice!” I will reply with a smile, “Thank you, but it’s not nice – it’s absofuckinlutely fantastic.”