So this morning I saw a WhatsApp message my friend sent me last night(I change to flight mode” at 18:00. no desire for any kind of interaction after 18:00. told you I go to sleep early- around 20:00.
She wrote:” want to go to paris with me in november so I can buy the Chanel bag I want?”
I started laughing.
Then I laughed some more- well- because I felt I was watching Audrey Hepburn in “breakfast at Tiffany’s”.
This was ridiculous.
I mean- come on.
But- she was serious.
This doesn’t mean she was getting me the ticket or anything of the sort- each woman on her own- but both chasing the holy grail-the almost 10k $ Chanel bag.
So- when she called the next morning to see if i’m game or not- I told her that I am most thankful for the kind invitation, but she should find someone else to go with.
She said she thought it would be fun, and I had to admit that it might have been, but for the time being I am not into going away.
In case any of you are worried I let her down and now she won’t have the precious bag, let me assure you that she quickly found another friend who agreed to go along.
I got thinking about the situation though-
I wondered what went inside my friend’s head when she decided she should ask me to go with her.
I mean I thought she knew I don’t go on shopping trips even where I live- let alone go abroad for the sole purpose of buying a bag.
Well- I guess I needed to remind myself that I wasn’t always this frugal- far from it- I used to make sure I had the right clothes for work, shoes , jewelry, etc, and also- I cannot deny going a couple of times to a pampering spa hotel for a few days, where all we did was lie around the pool , eat very luscious meals and go to 4 hands massages.
I did all that, I believe the statute of limitation is going to get me off the hook here- since these extravagant excursions took place more than 10 years ago, but surely there was no place for me to be so surprised I was invited on another luxurious trip, even if -in my opinion- I am the symbol of frugality.
Then I wondered whether although I laughed (out, loud)I infact did want to go- or was just a bit jealous of her ability to go on such a trip and buy such a bag.
I think that if I want to be perfectly honest here- maybe I am a bit jealous.
Don’t get me wrong- I don’t sit around thinking about how much money my friends have, but on the very rare occasions that reality wakes me up- I do wonder what my life would have looked like if I kept working instead of retiring, and got a higher ranking job (which I’m guessing I could get but not for sure).
I certainly have enough, I try- and most of the time succeed- to lead a simple life, and I am very happy with the path I chose- no more work, no more anxiety and office politics, no more responsibilities- followed by a conscious decision I’ve been following for the past few years- to try and save -but not suffer.
I went to India a couple of years ago- to a yoga retreat in an ashram in rishikesh-here is the link to the post :2-week Intensive yoga course in India-full and honest review!
And before that I went to volunteer in Guatemala with “Ninos de guatemala”,and those were meaningful trips though non-luxurious- and that is the understatement of the universe.
Here are the links to the post about that trip- Vegan and frugal in Guatemala-my month in antigua (and a side note on traveling alone).נ
I think that as time passes- I am even more sure that if I should decide to go abroad some day- It will have to be a meaningful trip such as one of the above.
Because these trips left me with so many memories and adventures, that no pampering hotel could ever match.
Still-it would have been nice to have lots and lots of money to go on both kinds of trips-luxurious -and meaningful- right?
Enjoy- the cooliflower.
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