The Struggles of Telling Your Family

I was just watching this vlog that Aly (AKA PsycoTraveller) posted today and it really is quite inspiring. It made me think of the struggles I had at the beginning when I first decided to save up and travel the world. Telling your parents and people who love and care about you that you plan to drop everything and change your lifestyle to see the world is a really, really big deal. More so if you know they probably won’t support it.

I am lucky to have a mother who supports everything I do as long as it’s not hurting anyone else. She worries about me going away to unfamiliar places, especially alone, but she supports me 150% and she knows it will be good for me. She knows it will only help me grow as a person. I am thankful to have her as such a huge support system in my life. Most people have been very supportive from the beginning.

Of course, not everyone was that supportive right away. I have an aunt, she is in charge of the inheritance I got after my grandma died. While I am thankful for that because I was terrible with money before making this decision… I’d probably have nothing out of that $10k if she didn’t keep it out of my hands unless I absolutely needed it. Knowing someone other than yourself is in control of that much money that’s actually all yours kind of makes it feel like that person owns you. Like they have control over you and what you do. I know that isn’t the case, but it doesn’t stop that feeling. I knew I had to tell her and I knew she wasn’t going to like it. I felt like she was going to tell me I can’t go and, having that feeling that she owns me, I felt like I wouldn’t be able to fight her. Turns out, I built her reaction up in my head that I was scared of nothing. It’s true that she didn’t support the idea right away, but she also told me it was my life, and to live it. In time, I think she realized just how serious I am about this, how it’s made me better with money. I feel like she supports me better now than she did when I first brought the idea up to her.

Sometimes, all people need is time. Not everyone is going to be 100% supportive of this kind of thing right off the bat. But in the end, I am the one living my life. The decisions I make are my own and they don’t affect anyone but myself. Same goes for everyone else.

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