In conversation recently, I had someone call me “spoiled” for where I travel. They prefaced this with the fact that I travel internationally (as often as I can), don’t have kids, and am not married; therefore being spoiled in their eyes. I was quite taken back by this because it’s not often I have such a negative label directed at me. I wasn’t quite sure how to respond, but I couldn’t seem to let go of the negative connotation with that term- spoiled. The more I thought about it, the more ironic it became to me. I put the idea of being spoiled into a different context that I could relate to more and found that I am, indeed, a spoiled traveler.
I am spoiled enough to know that I need to live well under my means if I want to make travel a priority in my life. I am spoiled in the fact that I am able to appreciate the simplicity of a roof over my head; knowing that I don’t need a dishwasher, multiple bedrooms, my own washing machine, cable, etc. to make my house a home.
I am spoiled with the conscious decision and awareness that I have made thus far in my life to not have children. Spoiled to recognize my own awareness that having children is not a decision that would serve me at this point in my life.
I am spoiled to know that regardless of if I’m in a relationship or single, that status will not dictate the pursuit of my passions in life. I am spoiled to be in relationships with those that support me and my desire to experience the world.
I am spoiled to recognize the sacredness of our days in this world and that our time is fleeting; that “later on” isn’t guaranteed.
I am spoiled to have taken the initiative to experience our world far beyond the boundaries of my comfort zone. I am spoiled with an open mind that craves to see more, learn more, and meet more people.
I am spoiled to know that luxury travel plans aren’t required for the best experience.
I am spoiled with the courage to take chances and run risks of going to places foreign to me and immersing myself in unknown situations.
So yes, they were right, I am incredibly spoiled, and I could not be more grateful for that.
I hope you all know how worthy you are of spoiling yourself with an adventure. Be kind & stay spoiled.