Our entire society is too caught up in ‘having enough’ that too many people don’t ‘do what they can with what they have’. If you scan your newspaper obituaries any given morning you see people who’ve lived, laughed and had their final curtain. They didn’t run out of money. They ran out of something else – they ran out of time or they couldn’t outrun whatever killed them. Rich or poor – those notices never say: died due to a lack of money. Or died due to a lack of hope … though I think that is an often unpublished cause.
I read often about people my age – and travel. Those who extol travel as a desire/dream and lifestyle choice seem to outnumber those who actually travel by a 10-to-1 ratio. Not scientifically or statistically verifiable – just my guessing.
I spoke recently with a friend who is ‘taking some time to think’ – being ‘let out’ of an employment situation (in my view – he is way too young to use the R-word) is wrestling with next steps: stop working, resume working in something similar or completely different, travel or ________? It seems his options are limitless, yet he doesn’t seem like a ‘world is my oyster – let me go feast’ guy right now. He’s worried about ‘does he have enough?’, He admits to having enough – but worries it might not be enough.
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