So, why am I writing this blog?
I’ve just read this article on a Facebook post (ooh, the power of the internet!!) and, after a couple of WhatsApp messages to my kids (mum of 4, definitely no more!)… here I am, after hours, tapping away at my laptop.
What’s the article?
It’s a Forbes post on ‘Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, not Things’.
Well done Forbes – it’s really taken me back to when my children were younger (they’re now 21 to 28 years in ages…. How scary is that?) and time shared at Christmas and on birthdays, and a 3 hour drive to go zorbing for all of 3 minutes before driving 3 hrs home again!
The focus of the article is that experience is not only important to us as humans but also essential at a ‘soul’ level. Experiences become part of our identity.
Why does that matter?
I actually asked my kids this one, because they had to put up with camping in force 7 storms at Three Cliffs Bay, indoor sky-diving when they could have been given the latest Transformer like their friends or running dance classes at the homeless hostel where I used to work.
Did it change them?
Honestly, I don’t know.
But they are now amazing young adults doing awesome, good things and have the courage to take up every opportunity that life offers… or that they create through their own hard work.
> A daughter who is an adventure lifestyle blogger living in Canada, and who learnt to ride a motorbike to raise money to build a classroom and enable girls in South African to have an education.
> A son who has travelled through India and New Zealand, now a qualified doctor, who’s completed Wolf Runs, climbed mountains with a broken collarbone, organised beach cleans and will try any new challenge at the drop of a hat.
> A next son who spent 3 months exploring Australia, New Zealand and Thailand (and got lost for a couple of weeks – another story!) and will say that his phone camera breaking 2 weeks into a 3 month trip was the best thing to happen because he experienced everything rather than taking photos of everything!
> A next daughter with an awesome values-system who gave her birthday cake to the homeless centre and is now planning a one year international degree placement and will only work with an ethical business that aligns with her personal beliefs.
Sibling quote, ‘It’s taught us that life is more valuable when you share experiences.’
And what about me?
One of my favourite experiences was Mothering Sunday a couple of years ago when my kids took me paddle boarding on my favourite SUP lake because they knew it would make new, happy memories for me.
How lucky am I?
I’m grateful, on a daily basis, that somehow, someway, somewhere, I seemed to have got a few things right as a parent (heaven only knows how because I’m still waiting for the handbook to arrive from a well-known online shopping site!!).
I’m proud of the people they are growing into and how they contribute compassion, humanity and inspiration to their friends, their communities, and to me… we never stop learning do we?
I’m genuinely lucky to work in an environment that creates memories for people every day they turn up to take part in an adventure activity. Sometimes a little nervous, sometimes a little excited, sometimes a little reluctantly… but they leave with a big smile, heads held a little higher and a new ‘memory in the making’ (my kids will remember me saying this to them over and over!).
Never stop exploring because ‘We are the sum total of our experiences’. (Dr Thomas Gilovich)
(Excited to be a Creator of Opportunities, Possibilities and Memories at Adventure Activities UK)… and yes, of course Gift Vouchers are available!