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Not that long ago I was alerted to this article Why you should spend your money on experiences and not things and without even having to read the article, you will either be in two of two camps:
Knowingly knodding whilst you jump head first off from a great height on your latest adventure or be clutching at your Paspaley pearls whilst you drive your Range Rover to pick up your Camilla from the dry cleaner.
Those of us in the adventure camp know that all the possessions in the world couldn’t possibly equate to the richness you feel from exploring/experiencing for the first time (and even the 100th time). How it makes you feel afterwards and even when you share the details with your friends and co-workers upon your return from said adventure. So many of us are conditioned from a young age to covert other’s possessions “oh look at Sara, she has a great big house” or “Wow, Donna is that the latest Apple iphone?” but as we grow into adults we are presented with a dilemma- ”What if having all the things doesn’t really make us happy?”. As the article mentions, that is the nature of having “things” is the desire to have the next “thing” and so on and so on. The vicious cycle goes on.
Until I started to live more simply, I loved my things as much as the next person. It was always hidden within the belief “I work hard so I can afford nice things” or actually more importantly “I DESERVE to have nice things..and by nice I mean EXPENSIVE”. Handbags, dresses, sunglasses- all designer, all expensive. Opening up my mind to a different way of living or being made me realise a few things- not everyone is cut of for the adventure life. It’s hard at times, the path isn’t paved, it’s rocky, unmarked. Once you try to focus on living life differently it’s hard to go back. You simply can’t unsee the new way or let just slip away. Now, I’m yet to go out and toss all my “things” and move into a tent HOWEVER I have detoxed my life and feel better for it, namely the cessation of constantly buying things, where I pretty much spent a whole year or more not buying things- no new clothing items, shoes, etc. For me, it was a rewarding experience but at first so so hard. I was so conditioned to want and buy, want and buy. Again vicious cycle.
More adventures and experiences is my motto for the future. I’m not better than anyone because I can live this way- I’m just prepared for a different life- one that isn’t filled with things but memories and (non material) goals to achieve.
Where are you at in life right now? More things or more experiences?