Another year and another season of love is upon us. Roses and chocolates are flying off the shelves as well as extravagant gifts for the ones we love. Those boycotting "V" day each year because of the over-commercialization continue to garner headlines but perhaps I can offer a nice compliment for both sides in the unending debate on what to get the ones you love. How about you continue to show your love by experiencing something together?
I am a hard man to buy for, especially when it comes to my desire for all things tech. But I've leaned more and more these past few years to pass on the 'stuff' and move towards wanting experiences. I still love 'stuff' but I give it some more thought before I start my begging. So what did my sweetie and I do this Valentine's Day?
This year we enjoyed dinner at a place we've never been to, The Grille at the Mansion, in O'Fallon, IL, and completed our evening with a movie, Deadpool (yeah....it's a little bit of a love story). You may be thinking that's way too traditional and normal these days but we really enjoyed ourselves and especially each eachother's company. While we were at the restaurant, we had a chance to meet one of the owners who dropped by to thank us for our patronage. During our conversation I thanked her for hosting my Rotary Club's Anniversary Dinner a few weeks back and my wife asked her, on behalf of the Scott Air Force Base Spouses Club, if she'd be willing to make a donation for their upcoming raffle. She was more than happy to donate. An unexpected dialogue and new relationship that would not have happened if my wife and I just given each other something off our Wish List.
The isn't a complicated lesson today....it's about the value of an experience versus stuff. I will forever remember our time spent at The Mansion. And it will most certainly be very difficult to forget the crowd's reaction throughout the entire screening of Deadpool. That was a rock concert, not a typical movie-going experience. I still hurt from laughing. These small things we call 'experiences' bring far more joy into our lives, yet we place such a small value on them. Why is this? Don't get me wrong, I like my Playstation4, but the joy will be gone as soon as version 5 hits the streets. No gadget or thing will ever bring me joy like the experiences I've had and shared in life.
Here's my challenge to you all...just once this year, spend your hard, earned, time and money on an experience you can enjoy with the people you love the most. I guarantee you'll walk away far more fulfilled and with more joy in your heart than if you bought someone a new gadget or accessory. You will both walk away with something that is invaluable...a memory of the fun, joy and love you shared together.
As far as Valentine's Day being a Hallmark revenue generator....well I went a different direction with the cards I chose this year. I still buy cards, so what. This year I bought cards from lovepopcards.com. Check out the photos below. These are amazing, laser-cut, pop-up, cards for any occasion. The quality is exquisite and the personal attention given to even the cardboard mailer they arrive in is top-notch. They remind me of little bonsai trees from a detail perspecitve. They're designed in Boston and made in Vietnam. Check out lovepopcards.com today!
Let me know what you and your sweetie did for Valentine's Day this year in the comments section. Unlike Deadpool, let's keep this comment section G-Rated!