So, I'm not really sure I'm allowed to say this

So, I'm not really sure I'm allowed to say this, given that I'm clueless about wealthy society. (Do they have a "tell our secrets & we'll show up at your door with a warning" committee?) But I'm going to risk it.

I recently confirmed that the wealthy are, in fact, handed a manual to life. Yep. The one the rest of us never got.

Figures, huh?

How did I confirm this? By pretending to be one.

Sam was a business traveler for a long time, which meant that he spent a lot of hours crammed into a seat too small for his 6' 4" body. It also meant he earned a lot of airline miles.

One day, we got to use those miles to sit in the fancy part of the plane. That's when it happened. The flight attendant just walked down the aisle, handing out the manuals.

Admittedly, the rest of the people in the section, with their exclusive people-with-money lingo, called them "menus." But I know better.

Because when the flight attendant got to me, she asked one of the best questions I've ever been asked. She said, "If you're sleeping when it's time for the meal, would you like me to wake you up?"

Do you see what the rest of us have been missing out on?!?

Before we got to the problem, she asked me for my preference in handling it.

Life. Manual.

I said that if I was asleep, I would prefer for her not to wake me up. Sam voiced the opposite preference ("Copelands don't turn down free food.").

To clarify, I'm *pretty* sure she recognized that this was simply a preference, not an insistence: "Well, the plane's going down. But it's also meal time & Keely said not to wake her up for that. So...tough luck?"

My therapist swears that understanding the difference between "preferences" & "insistences" is one of the keys to a happy life.

Preferences are great. She encourages me to know & share them. "I prefer not to be awoken for the meal." "I prefer to work for myself."

Insistences are not. She encourages me to avoid them. "I insist not to be awoken no matter what." "I insist that I will only be happy if I work for myself."

I wonder if her preference would have been to learn this for free in the fancy section of a plane instead of paying all that money for her education?

Originally published on Instagram on March 27, 2018.

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