I am a loving proud single father to a little girl. My aspiration (of the many) is to pass on this travel bug to a new generation. This being a key factor in how I live my life I only want to bring my daughter experiences that will enrich her life...
From recent studies to recent travels I see how easily we can be consumed by the world that's advertised to us. On a recent trip to NYC I felt overwhelmed by advertisements. Advertisements for food, clothes, businesses, adorn the city from cabs to wall murals, to bus stops, to giant billboards...it's everywhere!
Don't get me wrong NYC is a special place. However when you view it under this light it seems to lose some of its charm.
Personally I do not let materials define who I am (any more). I like to invest my money in memories.
What I mean by memories is experiences that will be taken with me on this journey through life.
As my Abuela (grandmother) recently put it:
"Mijo el dinero se tiene que usar para experiencas, porque al fin de dia lo unico que nos recordamos son las expereincias que tuvimos en la vida."
Translation: " Son (my dear) you have to use your money towards experiences, because at the end of the day the only thing we will remember will be the experiences we had in this life."
My Abuela has been a big inspiration for me as an adult, on this day her words resonated deeply. She is someone who has faced extreme adversity in life only to triumph over and over again.
What she said was perfectly in sync with my thinking, I knew at that moment this adventurous spirit definitely runs in the family.
For me all this "stuff" that consumes our lives fills only a minimal amount of happiness in our being. But what always lingers in each of our hearts are the experiences we go through while traversing our life's path.
I've been hell bent on exposing my daughter to the world and also the experiences that I feel will enrich her life.
The eternal optimist that I am, I know that these investments will spark the flame that will guide her through her journey. For her the world and its many activities will not be a far away dream, they will be a reality, a reality that is within her grasp at any moment she so chooses.
We all make investments so I like to think we should try and make the best possible. Make your investments mean something more
something meaningful, something fulfilling.