“What do you do with all your money?”
“Save your money!”
“You must make a fortune working here!”
No matter how often customers use lines like these for small talk, my WASPy upbringing makes me recoil from talking about money—even though intellectually I believe we as a society would benefit from napalming our money issues.
Sometimes when I tell customers (who like me and have spent money on me) how long I’ve been dancing, they’ll say something like “Wow, you must be a millionaire!” and I laugh my ass off. Hell no, I tell them. I’m middle class. I have student loan and credit card debt and am pretty financially irresponsible. It’s one of my things. I don’t have money. What I have are experiences.
The trip Kat and I are on is one I’ve taken once or twice a year since 2007, and it’s hard work and makes me despair that I’ve made a horrible choice every time I take it, but then it finances a great trip or two or three weeks off, making it worthwhile. Last year and this year it’s a factor in letting me take time off for SXSW and other travel. A flight to Barcelona, some quarterly tax bills, time to go to Ecuador, weeks to fuck around reading and sleeping. That’s what I’ve paid for.
What I “should” be doing is not taking those vacations or time off, staying home and working, and paying off credit cards. But I did not wind up as a career stripper because I am good at planning for the future or fiscally responsible!
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- nakedinatx said: Fuck money, yo. You can’t take it with you. Experiences are where it’s at. College is an experience. Travel, and whatever else. You get your shit paid for, it’s nobody’s business what you do with the rest of your cash; I hate those comments, too.
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