Here are the most common words in the responses:
- “…the trip of a lifetime!”
Everyone was really cool and I could feel the love from the emails. I even am going to be able to come back and freelance some. I should’ve quit a long time ago—I’d have made more money.
Well, the ball is really rolling now. Time to really plan the trip. Gulp!
It’s pretty funny. There are about three distinct reactions I’m getting from people regarding my impending world circumnavigation.
1. Pure Joy and sincere excitement. These are my kind of people. They really ‘get it.’ They too get a sparkle in their eyes as they congratulate me. Words like ‘fabulous,’ ‘guts,’ and ‘courageous’ roll off their tongue.
2a. The Jealous Type/ Similar to type 1, but are envious and they admit it. I love these people. Their jealousy is pure and they aren’t afraid to admit it.
2b. The Jealous Silent type. These are the ones I either don’t hear from at all or when I do—I’m met with more comments like, “why are you leaving me?” And “it’s not fair.” Yeah, like I didn’t have to plan a tremendous amount for this. It’s not like Disney plunked down a big, fat bonus and Mickey jumped out and said ‘go see the world Lisa…it IS a small world after all.” Yeah, it’s a small world and some people have small minds. Anyone could do what I’m doing. It’s a choice. Just like having kids or staying at a job is a choice. Nuff said.
3. The non-responders. These people don’t get it or frankly just don’t give a damn. Travel isn’t their thing. They don’t get off by meeting new people and eating new foods. In fact, most of that scares them and they’d rather stay in their 2X2 comfort zone. Hey—that’s fine with me. That’s why I’m going and they’re staying. Plus, I got guts (heard that word alot too).