Well, we’ve been living in Utah for six months now, and Johnny and I haven’t taken a single day off from work. Okay, that’s not completely true… we’ve taken a few sick days. But those don’t really count, do they? Suffice it to say, the last six months have been full of work, work, work. And if we’re being honest, this is par for the course for Johnny and me. We’re not shy about letting each other know that we need a vacation. Nope, not shy about that at all. And we even go so far as to daydream about where we’d like to go and when. But then the months pass, and here we sit, as our vacation days accrue and collect dust.
Obviously, we have a problem. We just can’t seem to pull the trigger on taking vacation time. So we’ve told ourselves, “This is the year! We will vacation, and we will do it well.” Or something like that. But what started all this vacationless silliness in the first place? If you asked us, we’d say, “Oh, you know. We’re just so… busy. So very, very busy.” But that, ladies and gents, is the mother of all excuses. Anytime anyone says they’re busy, it’s an excuse, mmmk?
Why did your plant die? Why did you stop exercising? Why don’t you brush your teeth?
“Oh you know… I’m just so… busy.” (But for the record, I do brush my teeth.)
For one thing, we are actually busy, but it’s not the reason for not vacationing. The truth is that we just haven’t made it a priority. But for another thing, vacations cost lots of dollars. Like, lots. Like, we can try really hard to get a really good deal, and it’s still one of our biggest expenses for the year. So sometimes it’s easier to just talk about that amazing vacation we’d like to take and then never actually spend the money to take it. And at the end of the year, we’re a couple thousand dollars richer because of it.
But we’re also very exhausted. And still in desperate need of a vacation. And kind of cranky.
So when Johnny and I had the “This is the year! The year of vacations!” talk a few weeks ago, we also talked about why we were going to make vacations a priority. And why it was worth spending the money. And here’s our conclusion: We spend a lot of money over the course of the year. And in those 365 days, some of that money gets spent on pretty dumb stuff. And thousands of it gets spent on food. FOOD! Do you ever look back and reminesce on food you ate five years ago? I don’t. But memorable experiences? Those stick around. And we ain’t getting those memorable experiences by working every day of our lives. That’s what vacations are for. So, yeah, it’s gonna cost us a couple thousand dollars to take a few trips this year. But we’re gonna do it anyway — because it’s totally worth every memory made and every single penny.
Do you have a hard time justifying the cost of experiences, too?