The Opposite of Materialistic is life experiences
What is the opposite of materialistic? I have learned that people who spend money on experiences are much happier. Western culture has deluded us into thinking that a new car or new clothes will improve our lives. It’s all a big hoax, and we all know it. Traveling and exploring out in nature is priceless. Material things depreciate and rust/collect dust over time and we eventually become bored of them. They also keep us confined. And I am victim to this as well. So congrats on all of our material gains but we can’t allow them to consume us. Memories from wonderful experiences last forever, and never depreciate and cannot be taken away. Even if you were to die all of the sudden, those same memories will still live in the minds and hearts of those who you shared them with. It also becomes part of your eulogy. The answer is: The opposite of materialistic is life experiences.
Just like my old boss used to say. “It doesn’t matter what you own, whether cheap or valuable, you cannot take it with you to the grave.” And this still holds very true to me till this day. I often remember having various conversations with elderly people all throughout my life. After gaining insight into the lives of so many people in their later years, one thing is for certain that I have come to a conclusion on. The elderly who carry themselves more happily and content upon first impression, are usually the ones who have lived more self fulfilling lives that included an abundance of positive life experiences. We all have bad experiences, but these same people do not sulk on the past. Usually the ones who are more bitter, are ones who have spent their lives living up to the standards of others, putting much stress and energy into obtaining material things, and holding on to poisonous grudges. Don’t be this person. Be the person who has amazing stories to tell to the youth of that time. So that they can learn the importance of carving out a more self full-fulling life for themselves. So once the youth comes of old age, the cycle can then continue.
PeoplesBrain Blog 2017