Purpose of life

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peterdannock  •  8 Jun 2023   •    

The purpose of life is to experience things for which you will later experience nostalgia.

I am fortunate to live in an era where experiences are more accessible than ever. I can travel anywhere in the world in under 24 hours for $1,500 or less. I can learn anything, from foreign languages to exotic recipes, on the internet. For the first time in history, I can do almost anything.

What better way to spend my money, use my time, leverage my knowledge, take advantage of my good health, and maximize my relationships than doing cool stuff with those I care about? Of all the tradeoffs I can make, exchanging financial wealth for experiential wealth is one that I will never regret. Money is an infinite resource, but experiences, like time, are finite.

How many opportunities do I have to grab dinner with my family or learn a new skill that has always interested me? Money is best used to fund the experiences that I desire. The goal is a life rich in experiences and sufficient in finances.

At the end of my life, I would like to look back fondly on fun times with those I cared about and that I didn’t waste my time and money on trivial pursuits.