Valuing things in life – stuff vs experiences

Twenty years from now, you won’t remember the things you possessed, but you will remember the experiences you had!

minimalismI wouldn’t call myself a minimalist, but I realized a long time ago that things don’t make me happy; the excitement of getting new and shiny stuff sometimes doesn’t even last a day, forget about lifetime. While I am no expert in how to live a happy life, but I’ve started value experiences over possessions [stuff that you seem to want]. I still remember my first flight over 9 years ago since it was my first time looking down at the clouds; I don’t remember what I got for my 25th birthday, which was later than the flight.

That’s one of the reasons I started exploring about how to pay less for things (or get more value out of them)  – what’s the point of paying a lot of money for something that doesn’t make your life worthwhile [however, one still needs certain minimal things such as food, clothing and shelter to survive]. For things of comparable features, I buy the cheaper one; for experiences of comparable cost – I like to find the value. Couple of recent experiences that far out-valued the cost [for me] are as follows (in no particular order):

  • Running a marathon in the windy city: there is no better feeling when you make a turn (along the long tiring route) and wind welcomes you distracting from the fact that all the parts of your body hurt, including hairs!
  • Fighting with a storm and not letting it divert you from what you want: yes, I drove to Virginia beach for 2016 ROCK ‘N’ ROLL race to beat the odds against Storm Hermine
  • Moving to a new city: I’ve moved several times to completely new places, without even being there first
  • Getting that glass of wine at an airport lounge: It was my first time to an airport lounge last week and for the first time in my life – I enjoyed a full glass of wine (it’s got to be at least 3 times than served at an usual restaurant) without the sound of any announcements and far from anxiety of people rushing to flights
  • Jumping into the cold water spring: not realizing that it was deeper than I had thought, and the swimming lessons that I took several years ago as a survival skill saved me from drowning
  • Spending 2 hours at a buffetand having to pick things that I liked the most from 500 items, all of which looked delicious
  • Jumping from 14000 ft: in a split second you realize that the difference between life and death is knowing how to pull open the parachute

balloon

I also have a long list of items (otherwise known as bucket list) and I am on a lookout for how to make it happen by combination of saving money and finding good deals.

What do you value in life and like to spend money on?

One thought on “Valuing things in life – stuff vs experiences

  1. Pingback: If you think money doesn’t buy happiness, you’re not spending it right | How far does your money go?

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