People who collect experiences are more interesting than people who collect things.
I came across that quote on Twitter a while back. It’s probably been a few months, and I have no idea who said it, but it’s been churning in my mind ever since I saw it.
As I thought about it, I started to realize why it stuck with me.
I want to be interesting.
Sure, on the very surface level I want be interesting so people think I’m interesting and like me, but more than that, I want to genuinely be interesting. I want to be interesting to myself. I want to be that person who I get excited just thinking about talking to them because they always have something ridiculously awesome they’re doing.
When it came down to it, experiences are interesting, things aren’t.
Think about it.
Would you rather talk to the person who got the brand new MacBook Pro or the person who lived Homeless in Paris for a weekend with a friend because they were too cheap to rent a hostel?
I’ve done both and while I enjoy my MacBook and it’s useful, I think about my trip to Paris a lot more & tell that story so much more often than I would ever talk about my computer. That trip means means much more to me than my computer does.
I’ve got nothing against material things per-se. I [really] like shiny new objects as much as the next person, and they are really interesting at first. But the problem with things is you can always get more of them. You can always buy more stuff. Other people can imitate your possessions. There comes a point where your things just become generic things that a wide array of people also happen to possess. You just happen to be one of those people. The shiny new objects you once had become old and dull.
But your experiences are YOURS. They become a part of you. They shape who you are. They shape who you are becoming.
Nobody can take your experiences. Nobody can duplicate them. Something happens to you when you experience a sporting event, a concert, a trip, a meetup.
It might not even be noticeable to you at that moment, but when you leave, you carry something from that experience that impacts you. You leave changed.
Have you ever gone on a trip with a bunch of friends and realized that you’ve had a completely different experience than everyone else? You all did the same activities and experienced the same events, but each one of you came away with your own individual experiences.
Your experiences are unique to you.
Experiences are valuable, so be intentional with them. Don’t settle for whatever “just happens” to you. Make your own experiences. Create your own personal challenges.
Because your experiences shape, mold and affect you every single day.
And they make you interesting. =)
Experiences or Things: What do you think?