'This is not the year to get everything you want. This is the year to appreciate everything you have.' This quote popped up on my Facebook timeline this week and never has a saying been more true. If anything, this year has brought about fierce introspection. With the silly season fast approaching, it has made me wonder if all the money we'll spend couldn't be used for unforgettable moments rather than things.
I stopped giving gifts a while ago. Instead, I try to spoil those close to me with once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Gifts should be as thoughtful as a wine-tasting afternoon in the Cape's finest vineyards, or a water bike ride on the Atlantic. I believe they should evoke happiness from within and be coupled with a memory to last a lifetime.
Material things are great, but do they remind you of a moment in time or a feeling unlike any other? This festive season, when you contemplate what to give the special people in your life, think about what would fascinate them and match it with an adventure. We need to stop collecting things and start collecting memorable moments. This is the year to appreciate everything you have.