When the Rat Race is Over

I spent a day on a $100 million yacht owned by a billionaire.

I’ve put some pictures of my stateroom below, but they don’t do it justice.

No expense was spared.

There was an elevator, which is something you need, of course, since there are 4 floors.

There was marble everywhere; a classical Italian-style dining room with crystal chandeliers. One of the “living room” areas had diamonds encrusted in the ceiling. There were not one, but two saunas (one wet, one dry) from which you could exit and immediately jump into the water.

The front of the ship had a crane for lifting the jet skis and tender boat in and out of the water. The technology on the bridge was, well, you can imagine. The boat’s battery provided 12 hours of power and that doesn’t include the 2 diesel engines with I can’t remember how much horsepower, but it was a lot.

We had to take a 12-minute speedboat ride from the Marina just to get there.

We had meals using gold-plated Versace cutlery.

I’m barely scratching the surface here, though the yacht itself had no scratches and not a speck of dust or lint anywhere.

You would eat off the floor of the engine room.

But the thing that stuck with me the most was something the owner of the yacht said during dinner.

“When I was younger, I was so [finanically] hungry. I just wanted more. Now, I see that ‘more’ doesn’t do it. I’m not hungry anymore.”

And I thought to myself….”this is where the Rat Race ends. I’ve seen the finish line of the world of consumption and when you get there, you still feel empty.”

We all have a choice.

Continue to acquire more stuff in the hope that it will make us happy or decide to invest in ourselves and our personal development.

I’ve been to the end of Rat Race road and seen the view and I have the pics to prove it.

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