I have a question for you. What do you value most – experiences or possessions?
This is an easy question for me.
My answer is definitely – experiences!
Travel is a classic example. I could easily buy some new furniture for my townhouse instead of spending money on travel.
There is just one problem with that scenario, the furniture won’t make me happy. The furniture won’t make me feel joyous, full of wonder and exhilarated (which is how travel makes me feel).
Buying new furniture, while nice, doesn’t get me out of my comfort zone and help me to grow as a person.
Of course, travel isn’t the only experience I cherish. I love dining out with friends. I enjoy trying new restaurants, bars, and different cuisines.
I enjoy spending quality time talking to my friends. Connecting with people you love is a priceless experience!
I know for some people their priority is accumulating possessions.
Too often people try to buy happiness at a store and are disappointed when their excitement is short-lived.
I can’t help but wonder are we buying ‘stuff’ because we want it or are we chasing a feeling?
Let’s look at buying a new car. Are you buying a car to get you from one place to another or are you buying a status symbol? Is it a car or a symbol of your success? Does the car come with bragging rights and a hope that people will covet your purchase or are you buying the car to boost your self-esteem?
Personally I will pick experiences over possessions any day. I can get more joy from an hour cuddling on the couch with my cat than I can shopping.
If you use your time and money wisely in line with your personal values, you can have amazing experiences as well as some lovely possessions.
When you value experiences over possessions – you will be amazed just how few possessions you need.
Get out there and have more experiences!
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