Experiences are Everything

Everyone has their own, unique set of priorities. AKA The things or activities they care about most. In a perfect world, we would spend most of our time trying to achieve these goals or acts or whatever you want to call them.

But, as well know, our goals are often flexible. Life gets in the way. Things change. It’s still important, though, to have a north star that we are always working towards.

Ok…so your point?

Well my priority has been, and for a while now, to have as many experiences as possible. To have as much time as I can so I can spend it with the people I care about, help as many people as possible, and have a ton of fun.

Those are my major goals:

  • help people
  • have fun
  • generate value

A big part of that relies on having time to experience the things I want to experience.

Those moments are precious to me and I truly never want to run out of them.

I want to be able to do as much as I can. Like Casey Explains in this video:

So I periodically check in with myself and make sure what I am doing is helping me achieve my goals.

This article, by Brian Chesky, the founder of AirBnB, talks about time. Here are a few interesting excerpts from it

“Brian, I travel because it makes my life seem longer.”

His statement perplexed me, so I asked him to explain. He continued,

“When I am on my death bed, I want to look back at my life, and have all these vivid memories. I want them to be full and different every single day.”

I thought about this. Then I thought about my childhood. It turns out that I rode the bus to school nearly 200 days a year for more than 10 years. That’s 2,000 days. I don’t remember most of those days. They blur together.

But when I was a child, once a year, we would take a family vacation. I remember every single one of these. The first one was to St Louis. It was the first time I was on an airplane. My sister was maybe 2 or 3 years old. I remember her in her little stroller.

Repetition doesn’t create memories. New experiences do. Our perception of time is really driven by our perception of the unfamiliar, vivid and new.

There is an old saying that “life is a journey.” In fact, life is many journeys. The more of them you take, the longer it will seem.

 Anyways, some interesting quotes. Perhaps he is a bit bias as he essentially runs a travel company, but I think his message holds clear. Do more to make the most out of your time here.
The days are long but the decades are short.