“Collect moments, not things.”
– Aarti Khurana
This thought has changed the way I think about life right now. I’m 26, and @phebrown and I have condensed our life down to what we can take on a plane: 30 kgs of luggage, a carry on, and a backpack or handbag, (backpack for me, handbag for her).
This. Feels. So. Awesome.
It’s surreal, but so liberating. Looking at your bags and thinking “This is it. This is all that I have.”
It’s not that choosing moments over things makes you better than someone who prefers material items, it’s just a matter of preference. Both can be equally as self-seeking and the endless pursuit of either can still end up harmful, but like I said, it’s just a choice. Here’s why I choose to collect moments, not things:
1. Moments last forever. It sounds paradoxical, right? A moment is just a moment, and then it’s gone. Not exactly… think about this: In five, ten or twenty years from now, what will make you look back and smile? That luxury lounge, or that time you hired a Mustang convertible and drove down the Californian Coastline? Take a photo, and that moment is yours forever, no-one can take it from you.
2. Moments don’t always cost. A sunset on the beach, having friends over for dinner, or exploring a city on foot… some of the best moments in life really are free. Some of them, however, might just cost you, so make sure they are worth it.
3. Moments change the way you see the world. What you experience has a way of shaping who you are, in fact it’s said that 70% of learning comes from experience. Learning to navigate a foreign transit system, or listening to a Jazz Quartet in a small bar in New Orleans… these things change you.
There’s just two and a half weeks to go now, and I can’t wait to collect some incredible moments overseas. I’ll be sure to take plenty of photos and to share them with you here. In the mean time, I’m just going to go and look at my luggage and smile in anticipation.