Sunday, March 12, 2023

Buy Memories (Best Money Tip)

Ben Folds: Luckiest

My workspace (January calendar)

As I wrote in -- say it with me! -- Losing My Religions, there are three types of people. One is someone who has suffered and doesn't want anyone else to suffer; another is someone who has suffered and wants everyone else to suffer. (If you've read the book, you know the third.  😎 )

I thought of this when I thought about the three types of people when it comes to memories. One focuses on bad memories. Another looks back on good memories and regrets the state of their life at the moment. And the third looks back at good memories and is happy.

Various psychologists have said that you should buy memories rather than things. But this is true only if we can have good relationships with our memories. If so, then buying memories is way better than buying a bigger TV or the latest iPhone or more clothing or jewelry.

As you might guess from the picture above, I have a lot of good memories. I don't have them around to torture me ("Oh, I wish I was young") but to emphasize how lucky I am. Many times every day, I am filled with awe, wonder, and immense gratitude that I met and married my soulmate. It is truly amazing and makes me smile over and over again.

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