Everyone who has been in a 9-5 job or anyone who works in one right now can relate to this post. We all know that the moment the salary gets credited at the end of every month, our mind starts making a list of things we need to buy. The instant gratification that comes along with buying some expensive stuff can become an addiction. I have been in that stage before. So, I can clearly remember that this sense of gratification does not last long. As humans we adapt to everything. We buy ‘things’ to keep ourselves happy but that lasts only for a while. New ‘things’ do excite us but then we adapt to it being around, the happiness fades away. But the happiness that comes from experiences never die. Experiences create memories. Memories put a smile on our face whenever they come back to us. We can never get adapted to them.
But we can’t really put all blame on ourselves. Maybe it is the consumer oriented world we are living in, surrounded by the media which enforces the the idea of happiness to be buying the perfect house, driving the fastest car, wearing the trendiest clothes. But they are never gonna tell you that the perfect house will suck your bank balance dry, the fastest car will cry for high maintenance, the trendiest clothes will fade off when the next trend kicks in.
Everybody wishes to get the best worth out of the money they spend, but sadly they don’t understand the meaning of ‘worth’. If you look closely, you will notice that the people who have distanced themselves from the materialistic world are much happier. Your life will suddenly become more exciting when you plan your next trek rather than buying that designer clothes which you don’t need. By spending more of our money on ‘things’ we are simply blocking the much needed positivity and light in our life. After all we, humans are the sum of all our experiences.
Science has said over and over again that money spent on experiences will make you happier in the long run. The experience I am looking for is Travelling, but it may not be the same for all. For some it may be Art, learning a new skill, trying outdoor activities etc. Travel when you are young and free. You may not get a chance when you get old. Travel opens your mind and teaches you in a way nothing else can. By interacting with from various walks of life, experiencing different culture and opening your eyes to a wider world, you will gain the kind of knowledge that you can’t source off Google.
Travelling is a unique experience of its own. The ‘things’ we use are already owned and being used by many others around the world. But when you travel, you are experiencing something that can not be replicated. Something which you can not put a price tag on. You will never regret spending your money on travel. It is the most liberating, unpredictable and worthwhile way to spend your cash.
Go ahead and fill your life up with experiences. Many of them will cost you nothing. Some of them will be reasonably priced, and maybe some will be expensive from a financial standpoint, but will make you rich with rewarding memories and life lessons. Always link these experiences with your passions and purpose if you desire complete satisfaction. You can always spend your money on more ‘things’ with a limited authenticity of happiness or you can invest in purposeful experiences that will contribute to a substantive feeling of joy.
Just think about it – when you near the inevitable end are you gonna think about the ‘things’ you accumulated or the First Solo Trip you took?
Experiences – 1, ‘Things’ – 0.