My parents have always told my sister and I to pay for experiences and not things. There are so many places to see in the world, people to meet, adventures to embark on, that spending my free time on anything but new experiences doesn’t make sense.
Live your life to the fullest
Experience everything that life has to offer. There are so many different cultures, places, sites, people to meet and see. Go skydiving, see a band in concert, or even just go to a local museum to see some art.
I think it is important to go out and actually do things, instead of staying in, because going out and doing things makes us happy. Personally, I am truly happiest when I am out of the house and am fulfilling something that I have always wanted to do. Whether that being going on a new hike, or jumping out of a plane, I never regret when I go out of the house and experience something new.
Travel the World
Traveling is extraordinary. Traveling is an experience that teaches one about how people live in different countries. One can read about the Coliseum, but never really feel what it is like until exploring there. Or just explore a new part of the state! People and culture change so much from place to place, and one can learn so much by immersing oneself into a culture that is unknown. Whether this is in a new state, or flying to Italy to learn your roots-traveling is one of the greatest gifts we were given in life and should not waste it.
Finding the time to travel to these new places is definitely a constraint, but I think finding the time to escape from the every day- to-day is very important. You’ll find out new things about yourself that you may not have if you didn’t get out of your comfort zone. But, going to a concert or going on a hike, are both small experiences that we may take for granted, and things that others may never get to do.
Now, I am not saying that one should never buy nice things for themselves, of course, you want quality items, and it’s always nice to “treat yo self” every now and then, but fashion trends come and go. There will always be a new season with a new line of items, and purchasing all of these items is expensive, and never truly satisfying until one gets the next best thing.
Material items are nice to have, and can make you happy to an extent, but you’ll get more happiness in an adventure, because at the end of the day, you’ll remember the experiences, places and people that you have met and be grateful that you experienced life.
Big or small, and experience is an experience, and they are definitely worth the investment.