My barely-18-year-old daughter suddenly got the inspiration to take off to the other side of the world for six months because, "This really feels like the right thing to do". Besides her tender age, she has OCD and anxiety for which she takes medication. She's had recent "episodes". There is no cellphone service in this practically third-world country. Add to all this the fact that it costs several thousand dollars for this experience. PLUS clothing and living expenses. We do not have this money. And she would leave in TWO MONTHS! All things considered, I think this is a VERY BAD IDEA. (Sorry for all the caps but I feel VERY STRONGLY about this.) But how do I say, "Sweetie, you're too young, poor, and mentally unstable to do this"?
Then with a great rumbling of my innerds, out came the great, gaseous epiphany! I was exactly the same age when I got married. I had barely met the guy, had no job or money and I had undiagnosed (and obviously untreated) depression. Which option do I think is better for my daughter? Well, I'm looking for sales on really warm winter clothing and working extra hours at my jobs. I hear the Ukraine is fucking cold.