Collect experiences, not things!
We humans have this unquenchable thirst to own things. Think of somewhere you have traveled that you will always remember. That's an experience. Think of the shoes and the phone you had at the time. Those are things. Which do you remember best? Which most fondly? Experiences breathe into our existence. Every experience, good or bad changes us and makes us who we are today. Even in today’s David versus Goliath market, the spotlight has swung to experience which the consumers get from the products, be at Starbucks or at a bank. The happiest people in this world have found a way to distance themselves from shopping addictions and needless spending.
I really value experiences as they give us great memories, funny stories, and valuable learning moments whereas I have noticed even the priciest things we buy fail to satisfy us after a period of time. Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor said we buy things to make us happy and we succeed, but only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them.
There are actually instances of positivity when people are waiting for experiences. For instance, if you are waiting for booked solo travel trip to a far off island, the anticipation excites you. Savoring future consumption for days, weeks, years only makes the experience more valuable. It definitely trumps impulse buying, where that anticipation is completely squandered. Although certain things may be a prerequisite for experiences, our priorities need to be focused on gathering meaningful experiences!
Even a bad experience becomes a good story. Everyone has a story to tell, these stories are not things but experiences! If the world is a stage, let’s not get stuck on the props! Don’t create a mountain of stuff — go out and experience life!