Let me begin by saying this post is not meant to keep you from saving money, I believing saving money is a great thing. But like everything in this life balance is the key to happiness. Now that I have that out of the way let me tell you how I really feel. Making memories is way more valuable than making money.
I know they say good things come to those who wait but if you sit around doing nothing long enough eventually nothing will have happened and you will be dead. Not to be morbid but at some point we will all be dead and what we do right now IS important. Spending money on creating memories is not a wash, trust me, it is so good for your soul to actively participate in creating fun and meaningful memories with your family.
I get the looks, “oh another trip?” I can hear them saying with their eyes (and sometimes with their mouths). My response: Yes, we are going on another trip and we will jump on hotel beds, order room service at midnight, and let our kids eat ice cream. Every. Dang. Day (while we’re gone).
To me it is all about time; time is valuable. Luckily, I made that choice while my kids are still little and while they still adore me with their whole beings. So we simply go, we set out to have adventures, and we succeed. I am investing in my future by making precious memories with these little humans today.
I know it is hard to feel like you are balancing a circus (because you are) but the trip will be good for you too, I promise. I am telling you to take a step back from overthinking and take the trip, buy the toy, and indulge in your children and their innocence.
I promise you that a 4 year old meeting Mickey Mouse will stain your brain far longer and produce more happiness than an extra few hundred dollars in your bank account. Live you life to the fullest, enjoy your kids while they’re little, and do not hold yourself to someone else’s standards.