Hello everyone! Today is yet another Monday. But this Monday, I happen to currently be somewhere I've never been before. I decided it was about time to go visit my big sister in Seattle Washington! I've never actually even been to this part of the country at all. This is officially the most Northwestern I've ever been. I technically just got here however, so this post won't necessarily be about Seattle, but what Seattle represents to me. My priorities (bet you didn't see that one coming)! My sister and brother-in-law have planned quite a lot for me to do while here, so this won't be a super long post, but I will try to get my point across nonetheless.
I actually had a choice of a few different places I could have gone this week. Literally just about anywhere in the U.S. I picked Seattle because I hadn't seen my sister Holly in well over a year. And the last time I saw her was only for a few hours. In my defense, Seattle is quite a tough city to get to from NYC, and quite expensive, but I've come to realize, if something is important enough, you will make it work.
I think I first had this revelation about a week and a half ago. For some reason, I've been really into Agent Provocateur lately. I obviously can't afford a single thing from the brand, but their stuff is so amazing! I do happen to follow this one account on Instagram, a girl who constantly shops at AP, as well as other luxurious lingerie companies. The thing is though, in some posts, she talks about needing a job, saving for an apartment, etc. I say to myself.... Self, how is it that this average girl can afford all this super expensive stuff? The answer suddenly became clear. It's because what she chooses to buy has top priority in her life. This is the thing that she has chosen to splurge on. Other things in her life perhaps take a back seat to what is most important to her. I realize that the same is true for myself. It's not that some things are "too expensive", certain things just aren't high enough on my priority list.
Some people may wonder how I travel so often and eat so fancy all the time, while struggling in other areas. It's because I love traveling and food! I splurge when it comes to those things. I'm not particularly into shopping for clothes or shoes, so to me, a $100 pair of jeans seems astronomical, while a $100 dinner at Eleven Madison is totally doable. We all have those certain things where money seems to be no object, while being totally frugal in other regards.
Prioritizing is also relevant in other areas of life as well. Let's say for example choosing the people you want to hang around. Some people in our lives will always get preferential time slots. Let's say two different people ask you to hang out on a given day; one is a new friend, one is a best friend. Even if the new friend asked first, you may find yourself going with the best friend instead. We make time for the things and people who are worth the effort.
I have yet to see Seattle in the daylight, but I do hope it's awesome. I'm really glad I did decide to finally come and visit. Some people thought I was kinda crazy for choosing to travel to a place notorious for its rainy and gloomy weather, but it's not so crazy to me at all! I am aware that priorities can change over time, or even in an instant. I will do my best to try and keep all of my priorities in order. Becoming aware of what they actually are has helped me view my life just a bit clearer.
P.s. I also thought about this subject while reading a very interesting article about some people's "obsession" with travel being classist. The article goes on to say that being able to travel is dependent on money and privilege. Now, sure, things can get pricey, but the people I know who travel often aren't the richest or most privileged people around, but they DO make it work somehow. Why? Because it's something they love. If I was a homeless refugee, I'd probably still find SOME sorta way to travel.
P.p.s. I actually originally wanted to go to Alaska with a layover in Seattle (somewhere I've been wanting to go forever), but that route is only seasonal, and it ended September 10th!
P.p.p.s. I have heard that Seattle has some pretty amazing restaurants. I'm excited to eat!