Twenty years from now, you won’t remember the things you possessed, but you will remember the experiences you had!
I 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 buffet: and 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
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?