You've heard the sayings. The best things in life are free. And the best things in life aren't things. When I look at my life, I'd say the best things are my family and the travels we've been on together. Not to mention our dogs and having a place I love to call home near the mountains with lots of great hiking. But, none of these things are free.
The best things in life are a total pain in the ass.
Let me start by saying, my husband is wonderful. However, there are lots of life's little annoyances (that can seem to grow with 20 plus years of marriage). Like will he ever clean his stubble out of the sink after he shaves? Why do I have to do this? And I'm sure he'd like me to unclog my long hair from our shower drain. Also, why is there more hair in my shower drain than on my head in my forties? How is this even possible? And when your husband gets you a foot spa for your birthday, it means he thinks your feet are gross right? Also, I don't get mani-pedis and my feet are totally gross.
Then, let me state the obvious: kids are not free. I know this because I pay the car insurance for two teenage boys. TWO TEENAGE BOYS, I SAID! I also buy shoes for them to destroy over the course of a week and jackets for them to lose. Not to mention food. Even though I never have anything to eat in my house, somehow this costs me roughly about $300 a week at Costco and I have burrito and Cheez-It wrappers strewn all over my house. My two girls aren't any cheaper. The boys can survive on a mere two pairs of shoes, sneakers and flip flops. The girls need a rainbow of Converse to match every outfit, separate basketball shoes, flip flops, flats, plus dress shoes for special occasions. Luckily, boys don't have special occasions, being a boy is just one long, unspecial, casual occasion, as far as I can tell.
The only time I feel special anymore is when I come home to my dogs. The only people in my house who appreciate me. And they aren't even people. But, they cost almost as much as people. Because I have a special needs dog who needs to be on the $80 bag of dog food I have buy from the vet. We learned this the hard way after hundreds of dollars in vet bills after our wall-to-wall carpet was destroyed by wall-to-wall dog pee, vomit and diarrhea. Then there was the time they ate raw pizza dough and had to go to the doggie ER to get their stomachs pumped so they didn't die from alcohol poisoning. And now my special needs dog is on medication (he doesn't like the taste of and I have to entice him to eat wrapped in luncheon meat like pigs in a blanket) for his hip.
At least I have mostly new floors in my house because of the kids and dogs. But, we did all of the work ourselves. And it totally looks like we did it ourselves. But, what does it even matter? Our house was built over a mine on volatile soil and the foundation started sinking about 5 years ago. Now, we could jack the foundation up for $80,000 with no guarantee it won't settle again. Or we could just ignore the problem and get new windows (installed on a slight slant so they look straight) that actually close. Which is what we did. And no, oddly, insurance doesn't cover your house sinking into the earth. But, at least we have a clear view out of our very expensive windows to witness the demise.
Which only encourages us to ignore our problems on the home front by traveling to exotic places to get away from it all. Places with gorgeous vistas that we can explore by hiking, snorkeling, zip lining and getting food poisoning. You know, the good things in life. Trips that we painstakingly plan ourselves after extensive and exhausting research on our foreign destination. So our kids can complain, "Why aren't we going to New Zealand?" Not to mention the enormous expense to go off to experience the best things life has to offer. Surprisingly, going to see the biggest cave in the world is not free. In fact, touring the biggest cave in the world is ridiculously expensive, which is why we're going to explore like the 5th or 10th biggest cave in the world next month instead. But, my kids would probably still rather be in New Zealand.
Bottom line: The best things in life are a total pain in the ass.
But, they're also, completely worth it.