Experiences vs Items

I think as I’ve gotten older, my desires have changed in terms of wanting material possessions and wanting new memories. When you’re a kid, and your birthday rolls around and people ask you “what do you want?” you start to think of all of these things that would make you happy. When I was younger, I wanted cool things like an Easy-Bake Oven or a Lite-Brite. I thought toys were fun and would get disappointed upon receiving money or clothes. It’s not that I was ungrateful or too materialistic, but I would’ve appreciated the toys more.

Throughout my teenage years, I’ve grown and so have my desires. So if I did get money or clothes for my birthday I would be as ecstatic as I was when I was younger and receiving toys. If you give me an Easy-Bake Oven now, I’ll probably use it once or twice just for laughs and then put it away in my closet until I forget about it.

Now as I embark into my 20’s, I realize my desires have once again shifted. I love new experiences. I love going to new places and doing new things. In NYC there’s always something new and fun to do, that’s one of the perks of living here. But I know as I get even older, NYC won’t be enough. I’ll want to travel beyond my wonderful city and see what the rest of the world has to offer.

Experiences are my new desires because each experience is one of a kind. I’d rather invest my money into experiences instead of items (granted I have everything I need). Sure the moment doesn’t last forever, but I’ll always have the memory of sharing my greatest times with the greatest people I know.

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