A comment in our Facebook group got me thinking about tangibles vs. intangibles. In my younger days, throughout my 20’s, I placed much more value on tangibles. I wanted more stuff. I wanted a nice car, a big house, a fast computer, and likely a lot more that I can’t remember at this point.
I had a co-worker at the time that often took big vacations, traveling around the world to different far off locations. At the time, I thought how that was a complete and utter waste of money. After all, instead of spending $5000 to $10000 on a vacation, you could put a down payment on a really nice car.
Oh, how one can change over a couple of decades. Now I place much more value on intangibles.
Vacations like cruises through the Caribbean or road trips through the U.S.
Events like concerts, movies, or theater.
Activities like roller skating, visiting local theme parks, museums, and zoos, or bike rides to the park.
Giving like buying lunch for a friend, donating to charity, or helping a friend in need.
The tangibles no longer hold as much value for me. I think the same may hold true for most minimalists. When you start to devalue physical stuff, you naturally tend towards valuing the non-physical – relationships, family-time, activities, adventures, quiet evenings, sunsets and rainbows, etc.
We can’t take it with us, right? We’re here on this lovely planet for some 80ish odd years, and I’d like to seek as much enjoyment as possible during that time. You’ll need some tangibles along the way, like some form of shelter and some form of transportation, but I think you’ll create more fond memories from the intangibles. As you look back over the time you spent here, the intangibles will ultimately be the indicator of the joy you found on this lovely little planet of ours.