Throughout our lives, we collect a number of material possessions. Often, we cling to these items for sentimental reasons, maybe they invoke memories. We treasure possessions and some people in this world are extremely materialistic. But aren’t memories and experiences far more important?
I was listening to Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2 after he had just interviewed Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA. He was on plugging yet another commercial activity of his involving the juggernaut that is ABBA. This time it’s ABBA party nights, and actually, they sound like something we’d really enjoy.
But, it’s what Evans said after the interview that struck a chord with me. He was talking about how experiences and memories require no storage. They take up no spaces in our homes and they aren’t something you collect that you stow away in the loft.
He’s spot on. Experiences, and the memory of them, live longer within us that any material possession will last. I value my memories of my childhood more than any of the few material items I have from that time. Also, I value the memories of my Dad more than the watch he left me. I
I value the memories of our wedding day more than the ring I wear on my finger. But that ring will stay with me for the entirety of my lifetime, it signifies far more than a solitary day. It’s also an object that invokes memories for me too. Some material possessions are worth having.
We try and give our girls as many experiences as we can. These can take many forms, such as the holiday we’ve recently been on, going to see a show, or simply taking part in a pantomime. These are memories made that will stay with them.
I’m going to be thinking hard about Christmas presents this year. Maybe we can swap out objects for experiences. We’ve already got a trip to Matilda the musical to look forward to in February.
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