Today’s Chatter is brought to y0u a few hours later by the magic of surprise days off and dreams entirely too good to cut short. I stayed in bed until 11AM on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day because I was having a looping dream about a life where I randomly go back home to Iowa for weekends without telling anyone I’m gonna do it. I also dreamt of movie characters and a hugely elaborate cafeteria but, that seems to be a digression from my main point.
I don’t know that I miss living in Iowa, but I do miss the people with whom I lived. I miss Mom and Dad (my brother can bite dust — he wouldn’t even let me borrow the car in the dream), I miss my animals I left behind to live on the farm, and I miss my friends. I moved back here in the Winter of 2012 and didn’t go back for a vacation until the Fall of 2014. I hung out with my parents, I ignored my brother, I touched my dogs, and I saw the two friends I was most aching to go back for. It was a good trip. But, six days later, it wasn’t enough, and now I have recurring dreams of a life that allows me to fly back whenever the whimsy tickles.
Thing is though, I think most people who can afford to just up and leave whenever they want are more apt to use that money and time on big getaways. Trips, cruises, adventures — like the people who live in a neighboring state and spend all of their time trying to get back to the beach in California, or the Strip in Las Vegas; or, for you East Coast types, the Big Apple in New York? Atlantic City? Pick a theme, they’re all pretty similar. My question is this now: Does it say something about us if we fantasize only about going home? Seeing friends and family? Is it abnormal, especially at a young and “carefree” juncture of life, to have no naturally occurring desires to go on “real vacations”?
If you were a million (or even just a hundred-thousand) -aire with the ultimate luxury to zip away to whatever spot you choose on, say, a monthly basis, what would you choose? Do you find your choice is influenced more by comfort or by fun?
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