If you don’t do it now, when will you do it?
Go to college and earn a degree. Get a job, start your 401K. Get married. Have 2.5 kids. Take vacations twice a year. Save all your money now, you can travel later. Be responsible. Don’t buy those shoes.Don’t eat that cake.
Hell. No. Excuse my language, I’m starting this post off a little sassy, but this is a topic that infuriates me to no end: expectations. What society expects us to do; especially millennials. Apparently, we are lazy, self-entitled, unwilling to work, unreliable, and whiny. [Insert eye rolling emoji]. In reality, our generation recognizes that life is really damn short. So, sorry not sorry that some of us are not married at 22 and popping out babies by 24 (if that is you, that is TOTES fine). I’m just saying: bruh, can we live?
Why should we wait to travel the world when we’re 65? Because, let’s be honest, with the state of things…will the world be here 40-50 years from now? Why should we work in a job we hate, or for a company that doesn’t treat us (or pay us) well for 20-30 years, just because that’s what generations before us did? And, why for the love of all that is good and holy, should we be grateful that we get to go into severe debt to get an education (ok, I will not get into this right now, that’s a whole entire post in itself)? The world is different. Way damn different, than it was 10, 20, 30 plus years ago, and that’s a good thing! So, why is it so bad that generations change with the times?
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I let what older generations say about us get to me, and I shouldn’t. Because, fuck that. If I want to empty my savings to fly to London to see Adele in concert, I’m going to do it. Why? Because it makes me happy and what’s the damn point of always saving and never spending, if you’re miserable? Some people will work for a company for 40 years and then retire and travel. Good for them, but that ain’t me, and you shouldn’t feel bad if that isn’t you! We have to stop letting what society “expects” of us interfere with how we live our lives. Bitch, don’t kill my vibe. Sorry, it just popped into my head. Anyway, if you want to see the world, travel NOW! (But, maybe throw a little change into savings here and there).
I should be married, have at least two children, own a home and be in a steady career (operative word, should) HA! I have a job, not a career. I rent an apartment. I just started a 401K, and with what I have, I’ll be able to retire at age 113. I won’t lie, sometimes I get down on myself that I don’t own a home and that I’m not where I “should be”. However, I’ve been to Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day. I went to London to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (SO AMAZING, POST TO COME ABOUT THAT). I’ve wandered aimlessly around Madrid taking selfies with my selfie stick, and I wouldn’t trade any of those memories for a mortgage. All those things will happen when they’re supposed to happen. Shoulda woulda coulda.
So, if you’re waiting to take that trip, stop waiting and go! Worried about the money? Figure out what you can cut out and start saving: yes, you may need to cut back on Starbucks. Scared to fly? Get you some Benadryl and go night night during the flight (ok, don’t listen to me, because I don’t want anyone taking any drugs just because I said so, maybe some melatonin instead?). Don’t have anyone to travel with? Solo travel can be amazing! Put your big girl/boy panties/boxers on, pull up Google Flights/Maps and GO! There are hundreds of blogs with travel tips and hacks: how to get the cheapest flight, where to go and when, and what to do and where. The interweb is a magical place. Hell, stay tuned to this blog and there will be more travel info for ya, right here!
Just don’t put off traveling because you’re scared or because it’s “not the right time”. TRUST ME, if you keep waiting for the perfect time to go Paris, you’ll never go. If you tell yourself you’re going to take your dream trip to Rome one day, that day may never come. You don’t have to go anywhere far to be a traveler, start small. If you’ve never left the Southeast, plan a roadtrip to New England, or even to D.C. (but don’t order sweet tea, because it ain’t the real deal). Visit the next state over. Explore the next city over. See new places and do it as often as you can. Traveling makes us better people and I promise, you won’t regret it.
We’re all going to get to where we should be when we get there. Now, I’m not saying be 100% irresponsible and blow all your money on first class tickets to Tokyo, but hey if you want to, do you, boo boo. However, you can be financially responsible (
gross, that sounded gross) and have fun at the same time. Don’t let the world get you down, there are a lot of haters out there!
I hope this post gave you the boost of confidence you needed, now go book that trip!
“It’s not enough to read about the world; the most important education comes from firsthand experience” -Richard Branson