I value adventures more than material things (though I can’t deny my love of clothes). My 25th Birthday just passed, and I didn't want gifts, I wanted to spend it on the road making memories. If you joined my stories last week, you'll have seen I went to Scotland. (YOU MUST GO!) Anyway, I thought I'd list my 6 reasons why you should collect adventures, not things. In this modern day market-driven world, the illusion of material things being the source of happiness is imposed on us daily. I hope that a back-to-basics reminder will be refreshing.
1. Happiness (longer-term). Planning adventures in advance (ie holiday) makes you excited before you get there! It‘s something to look forward to and the closer the departure date, the stronger that positive anticipation gets. You have a rad adventure, and then the happy memories last forever.
2. Adventures help us learn about ourselves & others. Being outdoors away from distractions heightens our self-awareness. Challenges faced help us grow ie better problem solving, patience, endurance. exposure to different cultures teaches us about different people. ⠀ ⠀
3. Building bonds with others. Planning and experiencing things together, sharing memories, problem solving together, will form stronger relationships with someone. Adventures create human connection, such as starting a conversation with a stranger, friendships are so easy to build while travelling!
4. Stories. I LOVE hearing other peoples stories from their own experiences, they're full of passion, emotion and inspiration and they're a huge part of that person. I'd rather sit and share stories with someone for hours, than show them a ring which they'll admire for no more than 5 minutes. ⠀ ⠀
5. Adventures are free.
6. Every adventure, experience or moment is unique to you, and that's pretty special. Even if you go to the same destination, you'll experience it differently - you’ll see different things, meet different people, feel different emotions etc. I think that’s so precious.
What other reasons do you think we should collect adventures (not things)? What have I missed? I’d love to hear!