Letter from the Editors – July

Travel

The best things in life are free. Great, I guess everyone by default becomes privy to them (maybe not). Maybe the best things you can get aren’t things at all. Take, for example, experiences? They say that you’re made up of your own personal experiences-  Just as a building is constructed, brick by brick, and layer atop layer. If you then build your existence on free experiences, what worth do you then hold? I’m not  full of false pride that I refute the notion of ‘free’ anything. You’re reading the words of someone who is first in the self-professed frugal religion (whatever the hell that means). In that same breath, I would refuse spending money on travel; I saw no use for it, until I took a flight out across the world. I met people so poor yet filled with complete adulation for their lives. I painstakingly took close note of our differences. Fast-forward a year later, I bought a set of driving lessons at the Porsche racetrack downtown. Yeah, I almost crashed a 911 GT3. You know what I learned in both experiences? I’m human. We all are. It’s what makes the world go round…

A simple lesson, on both ends of a spectrum constructed by experience, that I could not have received had I not spent a little money. Maybe I would have bought some shoes and a new suit. I bought some value instead. Ironic isn’t it?

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Neil Watson

Editor At Large