It’s easy to want the brightest, shiniest new toy.
Especially in this new age of social media where every second person is showing off their latest purchase. You see their aesthetically pleasing flat-lay, their new bag, new shoes, new phone, new television, the list goes on and on. Every time we sign into social media we are bombarded with this stream of new, new, new.
Now, the trick is, not to get sucked in.
That new overpriced bag, the techy new phone, the trendy shoes that you just have to have? Let a few months pass, and they won’t even be on your radar. Instead, save your pennies. Stash them away and when you have enough, buy a ticket to a destination you have always dreamed of visiting.
Spend your money and your time on creating memories for yourself.
People are always telling us that ‘money can’t buy happiness’ and as cliché as that is, it is also, to a point, true. Money can buy you that new item you desperately want, but after awhile the happiness that you get from said item fades until you want the next spiffy new thing.
That is because ‘stuff’ becomes your ‘normal’. Its worth decreases for each day you have it. Things do not awaken emotions in us like experiences do. Things do not change how we feel about the world. The value of the things you own continuously becomes less as you become focused on the next thing, and then the next thing.
It’s never enough, and it’s a never-ending vicious cycle.
So really, maybe money can buy us a fleeting, superficial sort of happiness. But you will never feel it in your core. You won’t think back to that time you bought the new iPhone and beam with happiness, you won’t feel the giddiness of exciting memories relived.
On the other hand, revisiting the memory of seeing the light show of the Eiffel Tower for the first time, or looking over NYC from the Empire State Building, that crazy night in Amsterdam or climbing the steps to Machu Picchu will leave you feeling a joy that you can’t even explain.
That feeling of excitement right in the pit of your stomach, even when reliving something that happened years ago, you really can’t compare it.
Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.