Recently, I’ve read about various opinions about moneyless society. There, I’ve found out that there’s a growing number of young people who want to live in eco-villages and just abandon the ‘materialistic’ world now. Well, money can be a good means to enjoy life these days. We can’t deny that. This does not mean that you need to desire too much. More than the deep fascination for acquiring material things, experience and enjoyment are the best ways to have when spending money.
What are your priorities wen spending money these days?
Perhaps, this list of the 7 best things to spend money on before you hit 50 can help you make a difference in your life right now:
What is your hobby? What sport are you interested in? You need not be an ultimate athlete. Investing in a hobby or sport is one of the most rewarding thing out there. Cultivating a hobby is like carving a beautiful healthy smile on your face for good. When you are out there pursuing an interest and spending money for it, it would feel as if you are not spending money at all because everything is worthwhile. Another great result of this is the development of your over-all wellness and health. To add, when you are moving and enjoying, you are not only building your body but also nourishing your heart and mind. 50 will never be a number to be feared of when you continuously put your heart, mind, and body into something you love. What is a more beautiful path than something that can make you healthier and happier?
“Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.”
― Criss Jami
Imagine a world of beautiful trees and cleaner air. Imagine what can beautiful happen when most of us ride bicycles instead of spending too much on private cars and automobiles. Imagine the heights of the season when the wind is blowing against your face and the next cyclist smiles at you. There won’t be much stress and competition when going places. People will be much fitter and sunnier. So, one of the best things to spend money on before you hit 50 is a bicycle. It stands for the slower, simpler life that is focused in doing and not in achieving. As you bike around, you get to see, smell, and feel your surroundings with depth and connection. In fast-moving vehicles, you will never learn to marvel at the world and everything in it, big and small. Biking is your message to the world – that you care, that humans need to take it slow and easy, that mother earth is a breathing space.
“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”
H. G. Wells
Books/ reading materials
There is enrichment in reading. The reading experience is like unfolding a world of opinions, trivia, and mystery. Reading is something that you have to spend on before you hit 50 for it does not only make you knowledgeable, it makes you wise. Reading books is dreaming out loud, you’d realize that you are not alone and the imagination is naturally wild. In those moments when you catch yourself lost or in awe of what you are reading, it’s like having a wonderful second-hand experience and such feeling is irreplaceable. Spending money on books and reading materials is a gift for one’s self.
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” – Haruki Murakami
Starting up a garden
Have you ever wondered where most of what you’re eating come from? Generally, we don’t know where and we are not sure if it’s clean and healthful. Starting up your own garden (at your own yard or in little pots) does not cost a lot but it is worth your money. Can you picture yourself out harvesting some herbs? Yes, straight from your own plants. Instead of buying food from others (and being unsure of where it’s from, what’s in it), you are reaping the fruits of your energy and time. You are also certain that it is chemical-free. It is to be noted that gardening is one of the most recommended activity for those who want to manage stress and to achieve calmness.
“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” -Alfred Austin
Helping other people
It has been scientifically proven how helping others make us happier and healthier. Compassion and empathy are good for you. Spending money on helping others does not really demand too much. You can spend your money on initiating little projects for kids – like giving away secondhand books. We are all connected and paying it forward is a wonderful way to live beyond the ills of competition and self-centeredness. What is a little amount to make other happy? What is a little spare expense to put a smile on a hungry person’s face?
“We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.” – W. H. Auden
Random affordable favorite things
In a beautiful night, it’s alright to grab a cheap wine. In a lovely day, it’s awesome to buy a tiny trinket from the flea market because it made you fall in-love at first sight. Go get that adorable stuff or that rustic piece of accessory. It’s the little things that bloom little moments that actually makes you feel so human and alive. Do not feel guilty in doing so – you are happy with those simple treats and it does count in making your life colorful before you hit 50.
“Appreciate the little things, small joys and victories are gifts to continually lift you and recharge your spirit.” ― Gary Rudz
Most of who have travelled a good deal in their lives share that the decision to wander has been the most rewarding thing ever. You don’t have to wait for your retirement to do this. Do it as young as you can, when your energy is bursting, and your curiosity is at its heights. Being outside your comfort zone is the best teacher you can ever have. First-hand experiences provided by travel can change you closer to who you really are. Spending money on travel is one of the best investments. And when you reach 50, you’ll be surprised of the stories you have gathered, the people you have met.