We get to a stage in life, I think, when we become more aware of what is important to us and what is not so important. For some of us, this journey takes longer to travel and for others they may never arrive at a place in their lives where life experiences are more important than things. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to have the latest gadget if you, like me, are a gadget freak. It’s nice to have beautiful items to decorate your space and of course, it is wonderful to drive good looking, reliable vehicles.
The question is, are those THINGS more important than perhaps the money that could or would be spent on an experience? There will always be new things, upgrades to the latest technology to woo you and pretty cool gadgets to lure you into purchasing them but will you always be able to partake in this activity or the other as you age? Will traveling always be possible? Will the kiddos always want to be around you after you have spent the last however many years shushing them because you don’t want to miss the latest drama on the television? Will you always want to visit new locales and try new food, see places you’ve never seen before or experience the thrill of a sunrise over a never before explored trail?
I so often hear people say, ‘Now is not the right time.’ Guess what? There is never the right time to do anything. Children grow up and before you know it, they will be the ones shushing you because you are too old and have nothing they want to hear. In the blink of an eye, your body will wear down and walking will become a chore rather than a joy and where will you want to go then? When you are worn down and your body is tired, the gadgets will still be here zooming along ahead of you…but where will you have gone? What stories will you have to tell about the life you lived?
I want to LIVE life….explore the trails not yet traveled, see the pink sunrise over the horizon and watch as the red sun sets low over the crystal waters. I want to talk to people and learn what they have learned. I want to read philosophy, modern history and books that hold no real learning value because there is always something left to learn. My desire is to keep my body and my mind as young as possible by remaining active, and a persistent thorn in the side of those around me (in the best possible way!) It is my belief that when we stop learning, growing and doing, our brain begins to die and when that happens our body is soon to follow.
I’d rather pay $200 for a life EXPERIENCE than $200 for a thing that does not make one any happier, smarter or more mentally agile. Even if my experience costs $200 and the cost to partake in the experience costs double that….if it alters my perception of life, creates a healthy desire for more life or teaches a lesson about all that is important…it is worth every single penny in my opinion. Why go through life waiting for the right time? Make the time NOW!! Life and death wait for no man….or woman!! Go get it…chase the dream until you can no longer move!!
And so I am following my own advice and have begun preparations to visit the 100 mile journey of the trail once again…I look forward with trepidation and excitement both…to see where the path shall lead..
Until next time friends….