According to Google, the average person will own 12 vehicles in their lifetime; with an average price tag of $33,560 EACH! Cities are filled and overflowing with car lots showcasing new and shiny vehicles ranging in econo to luxury.
Their flashy chrome packages or sleek tire rims wrapped in the aroma of the coveted “new car smell” makes even the most stealthy, household budgeter lustily swoon.
We have been trained, as a society, that the number of kilometers on a vehicle indicates how GOOD the vehicle is. Any vehicle over 200,000kms becomes an object in which individuals squint and drive; surely convinced their vehicle is nearly worthless and ready to break down.
Recently, at a tradeshow, as I discussed my hourly rate with someone, she scoffed at me, rolled her eyes, and asked me, “How do I justify that kind of expense in my life.”
I get it. I understand that the mere idea of spending $180 on yourself for a ONE hour session can boggle your mind. I also, understand not every budget can accommodate this type of extravagance. However, I want to wager a guess, that many households can afford it, yet choose to put their money elsewhere.
In fact, I will confidently lay down a bet that the belief structure of it being an obscene expense is really just that – – a belief structure.
And far be it from me to judge.
Instead I would like to add a perspective to this that perhaps some of you have never considered:
<First, I would like to take this juncture in the post, to clarify this is not my personal plea for a larger client base. It is merely the showcasing of a trend. A trend that does not serve you. A trend that you have believed; perhaps without even realizing it. And I implore you to gift yourself the opportunity think differently.>
Six years ago, the idea of spending this kind of money on myself each week to get me out of my depression seemed staggering. I had very little issue, however, justifying the anti-depressant prescription bill each month. And the time off work because I was continuously sick, seemed a small cost to pay as well.
Yet the prospect of spending a large amount of money for ONE hour, well … my brain just simply could not justify it.
The only reason my husband and I agreed to a life coach was because every other avenue had created very little results. We were at a “nothing-to-lose” crossroads, so we apprehensively spent the money.
Over the past six years, if I had to guess, I would say that I have spent (easily) near $30,000 on the betterment of my health. This money was used for private hourly sessions, conferences, workshops and whatever else I needed to learn how create my life. At one time, I recall, spending upwards of $750 in just ONE MONTH (for several months), on private life coaching sessions in order to keep on track.
<I literally heard a whistle escape your lips. Just bear with me.>
How could I justify that expense? How did our family live?
We lived with this thought process …
When I was 21 years old I walked into the local Chevrolet dealership and drove a brand new Blazer off the lot. It had 15kms on it. It was sweet. It was my baby and I was so proud. Yet, that thing nearly broke me financially. It was horrible on fuel as it only got about 20miles per gallon. Add to that the insurance per month and the monthly payment. I was easily spending $600 per month. (The bill would be higher, should I decide to take the “gas guzzler” on a road trip – yeesh)
At the end of three years, I sold the Blazer because it was too hard on fuel, and bought a Chevrolet Malibu. Although it wasn’t brand new as the Blazer was, it was still only two years old.
What’s my point? I never batted an eye over buying the Blazer. Never. I wanted it. I had convinced myself that I would do anything to afford it. And I did.
So why don’t we give the same courtesy to our body. To our minds? To our spirits? Why can we justify a vehicle purchase — but not a coaching session? (or any monies spent towards the betterment of your mind, body and spirit – such as hot yoga, organic food, alternative healing modalities, etc)
What if we consider our bodies our vehicles. Except with this vehicle, YOU ONLY GET ONE. There is no trade ins when the kilometers get too high. There is no lease buy backs or absolutely no refunds.
This body IS IT. You only get one.
We would NEVER expect our Blazer to run without an oil change or seasonal maintenance.
Yet, we expect our bodies to.
We never expect our Blazer to come sit on our driveways for free.
Yet we expect our bodies to.
Consider your body your vehicle. What price would you place on your life?
People say, how will my family live without that money I’m spending on me? Well guess what, if I hadn’t spent that money on me, my family would be without me. I wrote about this in a post entitled “To the Edge and Back” – so I won’t rehash again for you now lol
I will just say this: I’m confident my husband and I would spend the money again, if it meant I could be the person I am today. If it meant I could smile and be present in their lives like I am now.
$30,000 is a heck of a deal for the vehicle that is my body! What price would your put on your life?
Thank you for sharing in my journey.
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