People often say, when hearing of my travels or plans to travel, "I'm so jealous!" To which I always want to, well, I'm not going to say what I want to say, I'm just going to say, you really shouldn't say that. Yes, yes, I know it's just a common expression, but a lot of the things we just do, "are things we just do and they don't have much meaning behind them." But they DO! I just try to be happy for people when they are getting to do what they want to do. And if I'm not happy about it, I either try to tell them that I don't agree with what they are doing, or just keep my mouth shut.
The other day at lunch my uncle said to me (totally unrelated to my travels), "you know Tony (that's what my family calls me), people just find it really hard to be happy for other people's success." I found that to be quite poignant. But get this:
My traveling is not because of my success. I just travel because seeing new things and feeling adventurous makes me feel happy (and broadens my mind).
Now, here is my point:
If you've ever told me that you are jealous of my travels, please don't feel bad. I urge you not to say that to people, but I'm not condemning you for it. Here is what I want to show you, the downside to my travels.
I'm not a rich man, not by any stretch. In fact, I've had to live at my parent's house for the last year because I can't afford rent. Are you jealous of that? The price listed above is how much it is costing me to visit Bhutan for 3 nights. That price does not include hotels, transportation, entertainment or food. I'm completely overextended already, so that cost is going on my credit card. But you know what? It's worth it. Now you know the cost.
You know I love you, but please, just be happy that I'm happy.