.......this generation not only highly values experiences, but they are increasingly spending time and money on them: from concerts and social events to athletic pursuits, to cultural experiences and events of all kinds. For this group, happiness isn’t as focused on possessions or career status. Living a meaningful, happy life is about creating, sharing and capturing memories earned through experiences that span the spectrum of life’s opportunities.
These are some of the articles I have been reading this morning as I sit here at my computer on my 52nd birthday.
The last quote was found on Forbes web site. I love seeing that the millennial generation has things in perspective. I know my twenty-six year old daughter has the same philosophy that I do -
Experiences truly does make us happier than possessions.
As we get ready to begin a new year, I wonder how people would answer the question ...... What was your three favorite memories for this past year? So stop reading right now and think of the first 3 things to pop into your mind.
Here are the first three things that came to my mind:
- Birth of my grandson (and photographing it)
- Photographing bluebonnets in Texas Hill Country in the spring.
- Quick trip to Biloxi / Ship Island with friends last summer.
The quote I hear most often is " I don't have any money - I can't afford to travel." I know most of the people that tell me this make more money than I do, especially if they are in a two income household. I raised my daughter as a single parent and work in a state where the minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour and only $5.15 an hour when I became a single parent.
|Eating pastries in France with someone you just met.|
|Fresh Italian pizza that you actually eat in Italy.|
I have many food blogger friends that enjoy dining out and writing about the experience. It is something that brings great joy to their lives but it's the whole experience of enjoying the atmosphere, critiquing the food, and writing that brings the joy, not the actual plate of food. That's just a momentary pleasure.
|Watching the kids kayak in Jamaica|
Some people hate to travel and that is perfectly fine. I'm not saying don't waste money so you can travel, I'm saying don't waste money on MATERIAL THINGS that only bring momentary happiness. Spend your money on things that create great experiences!!!