This statement rang very true when I first read the statement on @thebodycoach (I’m a bit of a fanboy and follow his social media and I’m not trying to claim it as my own). Life is so full of things we own, what we can show, what we drive or how big a house we live in – and I find it all a bit sad.
This comes about after recently noticing people around me being very competitive when it comes to the things they have or own (or will own). Although I’m quite fortunate in that myself and my partner both have good jobs and are able to live comfortably, I find it almost embarrassing to ‘show off’ what we have, so much so I make excuses up. “Oh this new car? Yea I got a really good deal on it, practically got it for free” or with the house “God it’s 200 years old, there’s loads it needs doing to it”. The fact is, none of it really matters to me. It’s nice to have, but over the last year living life feels so much more important to me.
Since my last holiday, the first time I’ve been able to even consider going abroad (written about here), it’s given me a new lease of life. I’ve been following travellers on Instagram and one guy is doing a 12 countries in 12 months challenge (temp_tation on Instagram should you want to follow) and he’s been to some absolutely incredible places. He’s done and seen things I can only imagine I’ll get to experience and to be quite honest it’s lighting a fire in me. I want to live, I want to experience. I don’t want to spend all of my time saving for things that ultimately will be no good in 10 years and have to save all over again. I want to go places, see cities, experience cultures, enjoy incredible food. When someone asks what I’ve been up to, I don’t want that answer to be “working”, I want it to be where I’ve been, what I’ve seen or what I’ve done.
So much so, we’ve decided to give the 12 countries in 12 months a go. Now, I won’t be travelling for 12 months, however we have decided that each month, we’re going to go somewhere new. This won’t be fortnight long holidays because time-wise it just isn’t feasible, however we can do city breaks, mini cruises, drive holidays that will move us in and around Europe (and further for bigger holidays) to experience new things. We’ve started looking and I’m already planning but I so want to make this happen.
Whatever happens, I’m determined to enjoy what life actually has to offer, not what society wants me to enjoy. Lets experience things we never thought we would because, why not?
Have stories to tell, not things to show.