ASH AMBIRGE

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“I Wish I Could Travel the World Like You”

In: Feeling Dead and Uninspired, Feeling Disillusioned With Life

“I wish I could travel the world like you.”

It was a comment left on a recent Facebook post, and admittedly, a comment I get often—but not one I like to receive.

It depresses me, more than anything, how powerless most Westerners feel over their own lives. Anything is possible, in modern Western society, and yet, there’s a widespread perception that nothing is.

I know you’ve got kids. And I know you’ve got a job. And I know you’ve got debt. And I know you’ve got responsibilities at home.

But you also have the ability to save. And plan. And start small. And say yes to your desires a little more every day. My best girlfriend Kyle, for example, just got to Chile after traveling through Puerto Rico, Panama, Cuba and Mexico…with an 8-month-old baby in tow. Why?

Because she values new experiences more than she values comfort.

So when I hear, “I wish I could travel the world like you,” what I really hear is, “I wish I had different priorities.”

Because even the least fortunate have the good fortune of freedom.

And in that sense, wishing is inappropriate when doing is your privilege.

Jan 30

2013

The Numbers Don’t Mean Jack.

Hi.  It’s me, Ash. Was that obvious? I’m sorry to pardon your regular programming, but today we’re going to talk numbers. I hate numbers–you can go square root your mom. But sometimes, you’ve got to look at ’em. You know…like when it’s tax season. As you may remember, in 2011 I publicly showed the world how to make […]

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