(CNN)This is about cruising. In a big cruise ship in the middle of the ocean, for days. Something I never thought I wanted to do.
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I know there are many people in the world lacking basic necessities, and this entire article could be hash-tagged, #FirstWorldProblems. I also know around 24 million people worldwide go on cruises each year and a bunch more are sitting home wondering if they should go on one.
The first world is divided into two types of people: those who love cruising and those who hate cruising. I'd always thought of myself as among the latter. Then two things happened.
First, I fell in love with a man who loves cruising with a passion I reserve for buying shoes. Then, I got a little carried away one night during a charity auction for Kristi House, an organization that helps victims of child sexual abuse. Next thing I knew, I was the proud owner of an Azamara Club cruise to a destination of my choice. The next morning, I woke up with a headache and buyer's remorse. Too late.
My boyfriend was so excited; I, on the other hand, had anxiety. I am genetically cheap, but most cruises are not. So once I'd paid the money, there was no way in hell I would not go.