We are surrounded by our possessions. They bring us a sense of place, comfort, or, a measure of control in an ever increasingly frenetic world. In some instances our possessions purchased with credit or, financed can come to “own” us in some very uncomfortable ways. There is no question there are a certain amount of these things that are required for daily living but, at some point, things become things. They take up space in the attic in the name of “I might need it some day”, take up space in the basement /crawlspace for a similar reason and also take up space in our brains.
This year, we proclaim 2016 the year of experiences. We’ve come to understand that the things we hold near and dear to us are not possessions, they are experiences. They are trips to celebrate with family or, friends. They are day trips to orchards to pick apples, goat dairy farms to see cheese produced. Craft festivals, bazaars, weekend trips to the mountains or, the beach, walks in the park or, sitting on the back/front porch. In short, family experiences are more valuable than things.
Our Experiences in 2016
Our experiences in 2016 are many. Some of them appear below.
- Our daughter’s birthday party.
- A Parents Getaway to Austin (Part 1 | Part 2). Not all experiences are exclusively family. Some are for the couple. :-)
- The Triad Highland Games
- Top Family Things to Do in Hilton Head, SC
- Our trip to Florida: A Summer Vacation Interrupted: Orlando, Melbourne and More