Materialistic gratification can only last so long, as new things will lose their shine and interest. There are some things we shouldn’t spend so much money on, and instead of buying items that will eventually be obsolete, spending it on something that will make lasting memories is far more valuable. When you’re about to spend a fortune on a “popular” toy or piece of new technology, think about what is important.
There is nothing in the world that can compare to the feeling of starting to understand another language, without having to think about it. While some language classes are expensive, they are worth it. Learning about different cultures, religions and different professions will open your mind. It doesn’t mean you need to convert your faith or change your job, just that you have added things you have been taught to your fountain of knowledge, and you will never know when it may come in handy.
Travelling can be pricey, but it also creates memories that last a lifetime, even the bad experiences eventually turn into funny stories. A trip could cost the same as a decent laptop, and longer trips can cost less than a fancy car that you don’t really need, you just want. Swap all the materialistic things for a fantastic night under the Northern Lights or some off-piste ski lessons in the the Alps.
Learning to play a musical instrument is an excellent investment of your time and money. It is a beautiful tradition to start, and something you can pass down to your children and make new memories.
Books give a different experience to each reader that turns the pages. Each person uses their imagination to put the author’s words into images in their head. Books don’t ever require you to turn them on, charge them or restart them. They are things you can treasure and pass down from generation to generation. It is a beautiful thing to do to just sit somewhere, with a book in hand, with absolutely no distractions, and books are portals to explore completely different worlds with a turn of a page.
Trying new food is something that goes hand in hand with travelling the world. Instead of buying a new bag, save your pennies for some delicious food when you’re out and about. Invest in some cooking classes on food from different cultures. Like cooking classes at a vineyard in Italy, where you can learn from an Italian chef how to create a traditional Italian meal. It is something you can take home with you and teach friends and family. It’s worth spending some extra money on visiting a chocolatier in Belgium to appreciate a perfectly crafted truffle if you’re in the area.
Putting your money into things that will create memories over the instant materialistic things is magical, and something that you will never regret.