My girlfriend, Nicole, and I celebrated two great years together this weekend and our trip to see ‘Peter Pan the Show’ (which I would definitely recommend if this had not been its last weekend in Atlanta) gave me a great reminder about things worth paying for.
I think Chris Guillebeau really hits the nail on the head when he talks about life experiences in his book ‘The Art of Non-Conformity.’ I attribute the basic idea for this post to him while I hope to add my perspective to the matter. Chris’s point on life experiences is this: he is willing to pay what it takes to experience something great. To travel the world, to see a show, to share a fantastic meal with great company, etc. And he is willing to forego the purchase of things to have those experiences. (I make my own point about the importance of things here: https://livingvalues.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/and-if-you-lost-it-all/)
I couldn’t agree more. Nicole and I talk regularly about all of the things that would theoretically be fun to do. We saw an ad for Peter Pan months ago when it first came to town in January. “Oh, wow, that would be so much fun,” we said. “We should go some time.” And January ended. February passed. March came and went. The show was extended. And we started to say that it was just too expensive… We didn’t have the money.
The fact of the matter is I did have the money. It just meant shifting around a couple of priorities for a few weeks. I could find good tickets, I just needed to decide on a particular show and make the purchase. We could go have a memorable experience, we just had to stop talking about it and act on the desire.
There are so many ways to experience the world and all that it has to offer. Life experiences give you something to remember, something to hold on to in your mind. They awaken the imagination and inspire creativity. They enrich the soul and offer an alternative to staring at your computer or iPhone for another hour.
And you have the money. You have the time. It is just a matter of setting your priorities to make room.
So what is that thing you’ve always wanted to do? Where is that location you’ve wanted to visit your entire life? What is that hobby you’ve always wanted to pick up? And how about that amazing restaurant you’ve always wanted to try?
Go. Live. Experience those things which cannot be held in the hands but can be cherished in the mind forever.