The True Meaning of Material Stuff

Everyone loves purchasing something new, those new boots you’ve been dreaming off, that 70” LCD, a brand new car… but, lately I’ve been thinking otherwise. Of course there’s stuff I still dream of having, but my mind has changed a lot in the past few years.

Not long ago I was thinking of e.g buying a new car… of course I would be paying it for several years, but now If I had done it, I would be regretting it for the rest of my life.

Having material stuff is good, specially during the moment you’re using it and in the near future, but later it may become something that will just drag you back whenever you try to make a move, a different move, towards a different place.

I stopped buying furniture for my home when I realized that maybe this is not the place where I want to live for my entire life, I stopped investing in my car when I found out maybe there are other vehicles on earth, I stopped saving money when I decided to live instead of surviving.

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Patudos Dam in Alpiarça, Portugal

I’ve managed to never have any debts, and I’m no longer interested in buying expensive things that will get me in debt with a third party.

One of the arguments that goes on continuously between me and my girlfriend who I love a lot is always the same one. Buying a house.

Everytime she tells me about her wish of buying a house, I just try to run from the subject, or tell her something like “we’ll see in the future, right now we can’t afford it”, but everyone knows for sure that you’ll never have enough to afford for a house, unless you get stuck with it for your whole life, and who knows, die before having it paid off.

When money isn’t enough, having a nice travel lifestyle becomes very difficult, but if you manage it the best you can, you will see it is possible to travel.

People always ask me how I manage to travel without spending too much… let me just tell you it’s possible as long as you don’t live a luxurious life, and as long as you avoid paying for accomodation in hotels or/and food in restaurants. I travel cheap.

With that said, if you consider yourself a traveller,  maybe it’s time to put material stuff behind your back and hit the road with the few coins you saved from making the right choices.


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