“Did you know, you can quit your job, you can leave university? You aren’t legally required to have a degree, it’s a social pressure and expectation, not the law, and no one is holding a gun to your head. You can sell your house, you can give up your apartment, you can even sell your vehicle, and your things that are mostly unnecessary. You can see the world on a minimum wage salary, despite the persisting myth, you do not need a high paying job. You can leave your friends (if they’re true friends they’ll forgive you, and you’ll still be friends) and make new ones on the road. You can leave your family. You can depart from your hometown, your country, your culture, and everything you know. You can sacrifice. You can give up your $5.00 a cup morning coffee, you can give up air conditioning, frequent consumption of new products. You can give up eating out at restaurants and prepare affordable meals at home, and eat the leftovers too, instead of throwing them away. You can give up cable TV, Internet even. This list is endless. You can sacrifice climbing up in the hierarchy of careers. You can buck tradition and others’ expectations of you. You can triumph over your fears, by conquering your mind. You can take risks. And most of all, you can travel. You just don’t want it enough. You want a degree or a well-paying job or to stay in your comfort zone more. This is fine, if it’s what your heart desires most, but please don’t envy me and tell me you can’t travel. You’re not in a famine, in a desert, in a third world country, with five malnourished children to feed. You probably live in a first world country. You have a roof over your head, and food on your plate. You probably own luxuries like a cellphone and a computer. You can afford the $3.00 a night guest houses of India, the $0.10 fresh baked breakfasts of Morocco, because if you can afford to live in a first world country, you can certainly afford to travel in third world countries, you can probably even afford to travel in a first world country. So please say to me, “I want to travel, but other things are more important to me and I’m putting them first”, not, “I’m dying to travel, but I can’t”, because I have yet to have someone say they can’t, who truly can’t. You can, however, only live once, and for me, the enrichment of the soul that comes from seeing the world is worth more than a degree that could bring me in a bigger paycheck, or material wealth, or pleasing society. Of course, you must choose for yourself, follow your heart’s truest desires, but know that you can travel, you’re only making excuses for why you can’t. And if it makes any difference, I have never met anyone who has quit their job, left school, given up their life at home, to see the world, and regretted it. None. Only people who have grown old and regretted never traveling, who have regretted focusing too much on money and superficial success, who have realized too late that there is so much more to living than this.”
The best quote
What this myopic bullshit doesn’t look at is that ‘I wish I could travel’ usually actually means ‘I wish I didn’t carry so much responsibility.’
Because this idea that any reason someone could give for not travelling MUST be just an excuse presumes that everyone in your audience is also a middle to upper class unattached 20-something with a comfortable bank account.
Without even getting into the line-by-line of fuckery, let me just throw some shit out there:
“I wish I could travel…but I’ve got this college debt to pay.”
“I wish I could travel…but I’ve got these kids to feed, clothe, and educate.”
“I wish I could travel…but my chronically ill family member depends on me.”
“I wish I could travel…but the medicine for my chronic illness might not be reliably available elsewhere.”
“I wish I could travel…but I’m not white enough to exact presumption that I’m a Wealthy Young American and that harming me will have international consequences.”
“I wish I could travel…but I have serious moral objections to using my western privilege to ‘enrich myself’ by poverty tourism, throwing my western money at the $3.00 a night guest houses of India and the $0.10 fresh baked breakfasts of Morocco.”
So when you say “You just don’t want it enough”…
You are a fucking stain on the concept of human empathy, and nowhere near as ‘enlightened’ and ‘open-minded’ as you think you are.
i want to succeed in life but at the same time i don’t have the motivation to do anything you feel me
*cough* I guess these people are all imaginary then…
No Rosa either. No NXT divas. We SAW Cameron and Naomi, but only as dancers, like always.
I mean, why even employ these women if you’re NOT GOING TO GIVE THEM THE FUCKING TIME OF DAY?! It pisses me off. SO. MUCH. FLAMES…ON THE SIDE OF MY FACE.
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A part of me just thinks they only keep hiring them to not seem sexist, what with being a publicly-traded company and all that. :\
You’re probably right…
They hire Kharma who gets HUGE crowd feedback. They hire (allegedly? I don’t know if it’s been confirmed yet) Del Rey who has a HUGE existing fanbase. They have some incredibly promising talent already in development, including the progeny of Eddie Guerrero.
They have the makings of an amazing women’s division if they actually cared to plant the seeds and tend to their growth. But no… “Who cares? They’re just girls, amirite?!”~
Makes me want to dropkick dudes in the junk.
“The Moon is literally in its fall, or denouement, in this sign. For this reason, Scorpio Moon folks are known to grapple with themselves on the inside. They typically experience all emotions extremely, deeply and totally - ecstasy, sorrow, elation… and yes, their tempers, when provoked, can be explosive.”
I’m not asking for a handout or for sympathy. But I am trying to make aware the outrageous interest rates on student loans.
The system is designed in such a way that you are guaranteed to bury yourself in debt. Something DESPERATELY needs to be done about that.
“My youth pastor sees being gay as a trial in celibacy, because homosexuality is a sin. In telling me this I feel like he’s saying that God didn’t create a ‘one true love’ for me because I’m lesbian. I never understood people needing a prince/ss like them before now. I feel like I need Disney to show me that even gay people have a ‘one true love’ out there for them.”