When I was young I loved playing the “Game of Life”; a board game where your path in life was up to the random chance of a spinner. One would get a career, get married, have kids, win Nobel prizes, buy a house, suffer a tree falling on their house, then kick themselves that they didn’t buy the house insurance and in the end all the players would end up at the White Mansion. Since in all games there is a winner I was usually confused at the end of this game, who won? Was it the person with the most kids? Was it the person who finished first? Was it the person with the most money?
I recently was talking to a new friend who is a Personal Trainer and Life Coach, he said he tells his clients, “don’t look to be the richest person in the graveyard”. This quote paints a clear picture of how a destructive corporate lifestyle of addiction to work and earning money can lead to ill health and essentially a premature death. Money is a medium of exchange and isn’t really worth anything if we aren’t going to spend it. I think materialism is a thing of the past and people will benefit from spending their money on true life experiences, find a hobby or passion that ignites your soul and don’t worry about how much it costs. For myself, my passion is fueled through travel and I look to help people through the transformative power of travel. I find that no matter where I go, I come home with a few more skills and a broader perspective. It has been stated that, “travel makes you richer”, I agree with this because these experiences stay with you for a lifetime. These adventures allow you to learn more about yourself and how to you want to positively impact our planet.