Chose a Life Made up of Experiences Instead of one Made up of Possesions
The other day as I was driving home from a lengthy surf session at San Onofre, I started going through all the waves I’d caught that day in my head and it evolved into the idea that experiences will always be worth more than possessions.
A Life of Possessions:
- Your new shoes will eventually be old.
- Your new flatscreen TV will eventually be obsolete technology.
- Your new purse will eventually be out of fashion.
- Your new toy will eventually be boring to play with and you’ll want another one.
- Your new car will depreciate once you drive it off the lot.
- Your new house will eventually be old.
Every material thing that’s newly acquired will eventually be old. To add to that, when you die you can’t take a single one of these things with you.
A Life of Experiences
- The thousands of waves ridden over a lifetime will leave permanent imprints on my memory and I’ll take them to the grave.
- The friends you spent your birthdays with will always trump the gifts you got. I can’t remember what I got for most of my birthdays but I remember spending each one with the most important people in my life. I can take every birthday with me when I go.
- Traveling across the world, you’ll experience different cultures, meet interesting people, have wild experiences, sometimes near-death, live to tell the stories, which get passed on from generation to generation and you can take them all with you when you go.
- First Kisses, wedding Days, kids being born are all experiences. Some of them are even said to be life-changing. I’m not too educated on most of these minus the first kisses, but I would imagine these are the kinds of experiences that you will always have in your heart and mind. You can take them all with you when go.
- The mountains we climb, the sunsets at the beach , the downtown skylines, the views from the peaks of every city are all experiences that we can always go back to just through the power of imagination. You’re free to take it all with you when you go.
A life of experiences is far richer than one of possessions when you’re faced with the end. Those who have a life of experiences die rich. Those who have a life of possessions may die rich, but will find themselves empty handed once they cross over to the other side. There’s a physical limit on possessions and a life of experiences is a life without limits.
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