Money Matters – What Have You Done?

One time I was talking to a very rich man.
His bank account was huge. He knew it.
He was a banker on wall street up in NYC.
He asked me about my finances. I told him I was broke.
He asked me what I’ve done with my life.

I told him:

I’ve seen the Taj Mahal.
I’ve walked the steps of Lawrence of Arabia through Wadi Rum.
I’ve seen Petra, the Pyramids of Giza, the temples of Angkor.
Walked the plains of Bagan.
I’ve been through the great mosques of Istanbul.
Seen the gingerbread city of Sana’a.
Sat with Sadhu’s on the ghats of the Ganges.
Watched bodies burn on the funeral pyres of Pashupatinath.
I’ve scaled the Himalayas.
Crossed the Sahara …north to south, than east to west, than back up south to north.
I’ve stayed with Bedu in the Rub al-Khali. Had tea with Tuareg outside of Timbuktu.
Seen slaves bought and sold.
Men whipped for nothing more than being alive.
Been through and seen the true faces of war in Afghanistan.
Been scared by the child soldiers of Sudan.
Walked over the bones of the not so fortunate in Mut.
Went down the Nile …all the way.
Up the Niger by pinasse.
Seen the riches of the church in St. Marks Square.
Sat on the throne of Genghis Khan.
Walked through the markets of Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai, Cairo,
Addis Ababa, New York, Seattle, London, Madrid…
Christmas at Lalibela.
The Stella fields of Axum.
The great castles of Gonder.
Walked the Bandiagara Escarpment.
The monday market at Djenne.
Swam through the humanity of western Africa. …Lagos, Jos, Cotonou, Lome, Accra.
Swam with Hippos, slept with warthogs, fought with baboons…


I asked him what he has done. He said he saved his money.
…never left the states. Too dangerous.



15 comments on “Money Matters – What Have You Done?

  1. I would love to do all of that and more.

    How were you able to go to all those places and do all of those things? Was it all for photography or was some of it just a personal vacation or backpacking?

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  3. Thank you for that. I have worried about money, I have had some and lost some and seeing that makes me want to consider “for what am I working towards?” What will be my answer?

  4. I loved this post. I can totally relate. I’m now officially broke after traveling around southeast Asia. In the end, it’s all worth it because I know I invested in something eternal. And these are memories that I would always treasure for a lifetime šŸ™‚

  5. I just happened to stumble upon your blog and read this post… it doesn’t end with talking about two different experiences and the way of life that one can choose to live but goes beyond that and I’m sure leaves every reader with an impression – “Sheesh, I’ve been missing out on a lot” – Great posts, depiction of experiences and simply great pictures… guess will now visit your blog more often

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