Experiences > Stuff
I recently moved from my "cheapo, pay off debt apartment" to what I am now referring to as my "slightly better cheapo, pay off debt apartment."
I hate everything about moving.
I hate paying another deposit, boxing everything up, and of course, the act of physically moving everything that I own onto my truck and to its new home. However, like most things I hate, it teaches me something in the long run.
As I was going through all of the clutter I realized that I had acquired a crazy amount of possessions in such a short time. Now, I never think of myself as a materialistic guy. I would even go so far at times to call myself a minimalist, but still, I had way too many things. As I sat near a pile of rubble it became clear that I needed to get rid of some of this stuff. It also became clear to me that even while surrounded by all of this stuff, none of it brought me happiness.
I needed some adventure in my life. I hadn't paddled a river or hiked a ridge line in months.
All of this sitting in piles of my crap (not literal) and contemplating a new adventure reminded me of something.
When I was 14 years old my Boy Scout troop took a trip to Ontario to go canoeing. I didn't have the money, but I felt the need to go. That's when the light bulb turned on. I would sell my stuff in order to get enough cash to pay for my trip!
I did this, and to make a long story short, I was on a bus to Ontario that summer, embarking on a trip that would inspire my career as an outdoor educator. I didn't hesitate to sell my stuff, because I knew that experiences will always be far more valuable than belongings.
Fast forward a few years and I was suffering from the same kind of "cabin fever." After moping around town for a couple of months I finally summoned up the courage to sell my crumby jeep to buy a plane ticket. The very next week I landed in Arizona to live in the mountains and practice my wilderness skills.
|Definitely worth selling the jeep ;)|
Yes, that was a little crazy. I was 19, and other than writing and coffee drinking, I had very few responsibilities. Now, as a married man with a busy life and a career to build, I still have the same longing for adventure.
So here's what I'm going to do...
I'm going to collect all of my belongings that I don't really need, (This is everything from my old backpacking tent, to my "extra bike") add up what I can get from them, sell them, and turn my junk into an adventure. I'm not sure where I'll go yet. Maybe to a river a few hours north of here, or maybe on a quick road trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. Either way, I'll replace stuff with experience...
a trade that I will always make.
Want to kick the message of this post up a notch? Join my email list, or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org telling me what stuff you're selling, and what adventure you would like to do. I'll keep you in mind, and one month from the time you contact me, I'll check back in to see how the adventure junk selling is going.