For me, when I look around at my life, wealth is in the experiences I've lived, in the memories I've made with people I love, in the pins on my world map, in the tea kettle from Marrakech and the wooden elephants from India. When I look around my little apartment, I don't see just five-hundred square feet, I see love, I see pictures on the walls from our travels and I see moments. Moments and memories that are worth more than any dollar anyone could pay me, moments that have made me who I am, moments that will forever define me and move me forward.
Sometimes in life we tend to forget what's under the surface, what really makes the world go round, what really defines our lives. It's not money, it's not the powerful jobs and the corner offices, it's not the giant house in the suburbs or the designer clothes, what really defines our lives are the moments that we live them. When we look back on our lives, what will we remember? Will we remember the bosses the had, the bank accounts that fluctuated? Personally I hope not, I want to look back on a life I know that was lived with purpose, a life filled with love and laughter and memories. I want to look back on a life that stood for something, that wasn't just the cookie-cutter version of what so many people do, I want to look back on a life full of things that weren't material. I want to see moments in the rear-view, not what money bought.
I came across the quote above on Pinterest the other day and it was one of those moments when you're thinking about something and then a quote happens to appear along the same lines. It's those serendipitous moments in our lives that often propel us to do something, write something, be someone. And as I read the quote, I kept coming back to the last line, "It's about our hearts and who they beat for." It's so easy in life to get caught up in everything around us, in the bills, in the jobs, in responsibilities, to forget what we really should be chasing. We should be chasing those people we love and those life defining moments that really make us happy. We should be chasing a life full of love and memories.
I was speaking to someone close to me not long ago about life choices, about jobs he was deciding on, about a girl he loves but that lives far away, and I could hear the the struggle to choose between them in his words. And as I thought about it more, why is that even a choice for us as humans and when did that happen? Why wouldn't love always win out over a job? Why wouldn't someone that means so much to us always come over anything else that comes our way? I know that for me at the end of the day, when I look around at my little five-hundred square foot apartment, I don't think of my job or the money I could be making, I see what I have built around me and I see the moments with my husband, the things we've done together, the places we've seen, the life we've built, not of material things but of love and moments together.
And so I challenge you today, what do you want to look back on and see at the end? Personally, I don't want to remember the jobs and the money made, I want to see moments in the rear-view.