Before leaving for South America I met this girl. Smart, beautiful, interesting, the works. We had only seen each other a few times, but there was definitely a click.
Whilst traveling we’ve been talking. E-mails, whatsapp, skype. Long live the internet! And though it’s no substitute for real-life interaction, it does allow for the sharing of ideas and of getting to know someone better.
And though I hadn’t known her for a very long time, I was missing her. I had fallen for her, fallen hard. And that transforms a lovely 6 week vacation into a 6 week wait… I was missing her!
Now the past year has been a good one work and therefore money-wise. That and I wasn’t actually spending as much as I had budgeted.
So I did the one thing that made sense.
I invited her over.
A week of Argentina, enjoying an adventure together, good food, relaxing, seeing the sights, maybe a little bit of sex…
It didn’t work out, unfortunately. She didn’t come over, even though she tried moving heaven and earth to make it happen. Yes, I was a bit dissapointed but I didn’t have my hopes too high to start with; taking off for a week on very short notice, to a place where you don’t know the language to meet with a guy that you (let’s face it) hardly know… The odds were against it.
That’s not the point though.
The point is that I’m now affluent enough to treat someone to a week of Argentina, without batting an eye.
This is the dream of where I wanted to be (where it comes to money). I’m not filthy rich and I do still need to do my work. There are ample things that I can’t buy (the ocean-worthy yacht is still somewhat out of my reach), but there is very little that I can’t rent…
It has also made me realize how much “money” directs our lives, how much of a function of it we are. Because now that I have enough, I don’t really know what more I would want. What do you do when an important scarce resource suddenly stops being scarce?
I’ll let you all know when I figure this out.