Let’s be honest here, we can all get carried away with gathering nice things. Things that make our lives more comfortable, easier, more luxurious. But when we really reflect on what really makes us happy, it’s not the big screen TV or the brand new car we bought. It’s the experiences and people in our lives that really give us the most joy.
Memories remain a lifetime, material things do not. It’s important that we find ways to remember to collect the moments in our lives, not the material things.
Here’s my “guide” to collecting moments, not things.
Gather up these memories and pull them out whenever you need a giggle. Find ways to inject the laughter into your life too. I, for one, love to google ‘miniature donkeys’ whenever I need a lift or think about how fun my wedding day was. Find your go-to laugh potion! (You’re googling miniature donkeys, aren’t you?)
Go a month with buying only the material items in your household that are necessities. Force yourself not to indulge in anything unnecessary. You’ll find yourself seeking out experiences, rather than things, and that can only lead to some interesting stories to tell…
Begin each day with gratitude for all of the experiences (even the bad ones) that have made you who you are. Every part of what you’ve been through has helped to shape the person you are today. Be grateful for that and for everyone that has contributed to that.
Get off your couch, step out of your comfort zone and try something completely new. Even if you end up hating it, it will be an experience that teaches you something a little bit more about yourself.
Book your next getaway now, even if it’s just a weekend on a farm an hour away. Your body and your mind needs it. See more of your own country and help to boost your own economy (make it easy and use a local listings site like Afristay, where you get access to loads of options in one place and can read the reviews to be sure you’re picking the right spot).
Is there anything I left out? Throw some comments below and let me know what you think…