Experiences vs. Things

I shared an article on Facebook asking, “What are some of your experiences holding a special place in your memory.” No one responded. Either 1) they didn’t see the post or 2) they can’t think of any experiences to share.

“There’s a very logical assumption that most people make when spending their money: that because a physical object will last longer, it will make us happier for a longer time than a one-off experience like a concert or vacation. According to recent research, it turns out that assumption is completely wrong.”

Denver Art Museum

My most recent experience was the Denver Art Museum. Admission for adults (Colorado residents): $10. Admission for students 0-18 years old: $0!

Some past experiences include meeting friends made online, seeing New Orleans, camping with my cousins when I was young, and in the not-so-distant past, sitting at the dining room table with my whole family playing games, and exploring places in my own state (Colorado) with family and friends. These are all things that bring up warm fuzzies when I think about them; things that will (I hope) remain in my memory forever. The Jag I had, while also a nice memory, was just a thing – a passing fancy (very fancy); a thing that brought temporary joy.

What are some of your favorite experiences? Comment below!

Words by Zachner

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