Gizmotech wrote:The only way you can refute that statement is if you knew you would die tomorrow. Otherwise yes, there is always time, you just have to make it. This is the personal responsibility element I was trying to introduce in my replies.
I suppose, but the "once-in-a-lifetime" part of the OP is from the idea this is the only time I would allow myself to do something indulgent such as this. The personal responsibility element is never far from my mind, but note the many mentions of school, work, marriage, and babies in my previous posts. Sure, when I'm older I can "make time," but due to health/family and other concerns, time later
is different than time now
, and I don't reasonably see any more "time" opportunities in my 20s.
6K is a rather large sum to dismiss for a backpacking trip, especially when there are other consequences attached. It's also more than 6k when you factor in the cost of the trip as well ontop of the potential losses. I'd imagine the total loss comes in closer to 8k doesn't it?
Certainly more, and by potential losses I assume you mean the cost of the trip? (what other loses are you referring to?) Opportunity cost alone is $6k, not accounting for money you would spend anyway on living/rent/food/etc....
Maybe a Better estimate....
Trip $2500 (or so)
Forfitted Moneys $6000
Living Expenses I would be spending anyway $2000
$2500 + $6000 - $2000 = $6500
Regardless, the time is still worth more to me right now.
Also remember that Money is a finite resource because it is directly connected to time (something the modern generation seems to forget). You will likely stop earning money at a certain point in your life, unless you are very resourceful. And believe me, I understand the idea of giving up years of your life to do things and their consequences.
You're right, in the short term and on the micro level it is finite. And certainly it is tied to time. But whereas we all have the same amount of time, people use their time differently to make vastly different amounts of money. Personally this factored into decisions such as focus in school and target industry, as well as to be only a 1-year JET. It was the "letting you go on an even better trip later" statement of another poster I had a problem with. A few thousand dollars right now is worth (in your individual mind as you value it, not just spending power) is not the same as a few thousand dollars in the future. As you increase earning power, the value of money starts to become relative, and the value of your time costs much more.
In these modern times, rarely does youth and financial health intersect, so to get that precious time, I accept the consequences, because nothing comes without some cost.
And @AVNicholas - I get it. I failed your morality test.