My husband and I just got back from a two-week Mediterranean cruise–you know, one of those Viking cruises that you see advertised.
It was heaven; being catered to, eating marvelous food and worrying only about adding a few pounds to an already cushy frame, going on guided drives and tours, having sheets changed not only once a day, but twice?
As we brought back our pictures to share with others, I do feel twinges of guilt.
I know how privileged I am. Was I always? No. My kids and I took mostly camping or nearby mountain vacations. We live in Colorado, and yet, almost everyone I know who lives in Colorado couldn’t afford to give their children ski lessons or take them on exotic vacations.
So, while never truly poor (as I know my mother was), I catch memories of not being able to afford this-or-that, and not being able to give my children this-or-that.
However, I and my husband and my children are all “self made” and know how to work and set goals and be resilient. We all put ourselves through college (albeit not Harvard or Yale), paid whatever student loans we had, worked very very hard and set goals.
There was a comedian who had a bit about sending rich kids to “poor camp,” to teach them about real life.
I do feel guilty about having so much while others have so little.
But enough of rationalizing my feelings of guilt.
I am grateful. I realize there are those who have much more than I.
There are those who have much less.
I will continue to show our “vacation photo books” and as my husband says, “don’t be ashamed of wealth, but share it, and show others how to do it.”