After your bills are paid and you have food on the table, no one can really tell you how you should spend your money. It’s up to you to decide if what you’re using your hard-earned cash on is really worth it. Since it’s your choice to make, you need to try to make the best decision possible.
Some things in life are worth more than others, and I don’t mean material value. I truly believe that you should choose to spend your money on really living, not on possessions.
Time is The Most Valuable Thing You Have
Sure, money can buy you nice clothes, a fancy car, or that giant TV you always wanted, but it can’t buy you time. What you can do, however, is invest in making the time that you have richer and full of fun that you’ll remember for a lifetime.
You can choose to spend your money on experiences that are going to benefit your time on Earth. Instead of buying a new phone that you’ll end up replacing in a year anyway, why not spend that money on doing something you’ll enjoy?
The World is Yours for the Taking
When you buy an item, you lose the cash that you spent on it. All you’re left with is a piece of something that you’ll lose excitement over within a week. Instead of wasting your money away like that, spend your money in ways that will give you back what you spent.
It’s been said that “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” If you invest your money into traveling the world, you’ll learn so much more and grow as a person. Even if the whole world is a bit much for you, you can always travel within your own country and see the beauty that it has to offer.
Travelling makes you a bigger person. It turns you into a citizen of the Earth, a storyteller, someone with rich experiences and memories. Those are things that you can keep not only for yourself but can also share with the people around you.
Invest in Yourself
What’s more important, buying an expensive pair of shoes or becoming a better person? Truly, growing as a person is the most important thing that you will ever do. It will last you far longer than those pair of shoes ever will and give you a fuller life than you could ever imagine.
Take a class, read a new book, go back to school, learn a new skill. Spend your money in ways that will enrich your life and give you more knowledge. Not only will you be a more well-rounded person, but you’ll also be a happier one too.
Choose Real Happiness
It’s true, new material possessions do bring some form of happiness and excitement. However, the reality is that the joy that they bring is only temporary. If you fall into that trap, you will always be buying newer, bigger, and better things, hoping to be able to feel some kind of momentary joy.
Real happiness comes from the life that we live and the things that we experience. What we do in life is what we’re really going to remember when we’re old and gray, not the things that we bought.
Viggo Mortensen once said, “Life is short and the older you get, the more you feel it. Indeed, the shorter it is. People lose their capacity to walk, run, travel, think, and experience life. I realize how important it is to use the time I have.” Life will pass you by in the blink of an eye, so make the most of it while you can.
Life is full of choices. In the end, the decisions that we make reflect who we really are. Do you want to choose a life full of meaningless material items, or a life full of experiences that you’ll remember forever? Only you can shape your future, so I hope that you do it in a way that will force you to really live.
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