A few friends and I were having a discussion about delayed gratification. Terms Rob and I have talked about for years! We live in an instant society – hungry? There’s fast food, or microwaveable food. You can quickly satisfy your hunger. Want to buy something? Stores are easily accessible. Convenience stores and grocery stores are easily accessible, department stores, shopping malls, and virtually every corner has a store selling something! Don’t have money to buy? Credit card opportunities come floating through the mail like a swarm of moths around a summer lamppost! Society says, have it your way, NOW! (So does Burger King…)
For the past five years or so Rob and I have been saving and planning for a HUGE trip. Several years ago, we decided that to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary we would take our three daughters and a guest of their choice to Maui. We would plan an all expenses paid trip (that we would pay off in cash, no credit, BEFORE going). We missed the 25th Wedding Anniversary deadline which was June 14th of 2010 due to the fact we had a little more money to save and manage to get everything paid in advance. We’ve said, “No”, to many things as we’ve saved. Birthday presents, Christmas presents, other excursions, nights out, all were budgeted back either completely, or very frugally because we’d remind ourselves….”Maui’s coming! It will be worth it!” It hasn’t been easy – probably more so in my camp then Rob’s, he’s able to happily pinch pennies with a spring in his step, I from time to time go through a little tantrum when it means saying no to something else. BUT, the whole delayed gratification experience for this trip – oh, my goodness! We are almost ready to go! It happens this month! All these years of planning are almost done – Maui here we come!
It’s a great life lesson to remember – how it’s worth it to be patient, to plan carefully, to save for something… It feels so good to be headed to Maui realizing everything’s covered and we get to hang out with our family and just play for a whole week. Wooooooo hoooooo!
You should try it! Map out a plan and don’t give up. Delayed gratification, who knew it could be so much fun! Wonder what our next delayed gratification adventure will be?
…I’m off to purchase a swimming suit (sound of a record player needle abruptly stopping the beautiful music, inserted here.) Yikes!