It Feels Better to Do Stuff Than to Have Stuff – James Wallman
Two things manifested in my Facebook feed back to back. One was the above quote from Becoming Minimalist. The other was an article posted by my friend Tori from the Elite Daily titled, People Who Spend Money on Experiences Instead of Things are Much Happier.
When you break this information down an interesting thing starts to happen. I love to get the latest gadget, pair of shoes or fresh gear. It’s not just the excitement of acquiring these things, it’s also the excitement of using these new things. One word came up as I was discussing this with my wife, moderation.
Every year our family takes a vacation to Encinitas California. We all come in from around the United States to meet and share 10 days as a family, at the beach, eating, drinking, laughing and sharing memories. My wife and I had a debate on the above topics and comparisons. As we unpacked the differences, a few examples stood out. Yes we spent money on our trip and on things while we are on our trip. It is fun picking up new gear that we can’t get back home. Then I caught a glimpse of my wife’s cell phone.
On the screen saver is a picture of my daughter and son at Moonlight Beach holding hands getting ready to head into the water. It is something out a Come to California brochure. It is also one of my all time favorite pictures and memories. I asked my wife what is one things she will remember most about this years trip. Spoiler alert – it had to do with the kids on the beach, not the new scarf she bought.
Life is about memories, not diamonds.
Just think about it: At the end of your life, are you going to be reminiscing about the fact that you had an iPhone 6 Plus while everyone else was still using the 5, or are you going to recall golden memories you shared with the people who shaped who you’ve become?
The summer is a great time to build memories. Save a bit of cash and take a quick road trip. There are always discounted flight and hotel deals that come up. The time we have here is precious, spend it on memories that will last forever.
The Healthy Primate