Experiences Vs. Possesions

When I was young, day after day people would talk about success and the American Dream and how it meant a home, a family, and a white picket fence. I completely believed in this system, thinking to myself that I would do it one better and add self employment to the list. I decided to open a landscape company where I found success and was able to purchase a home when I was 23, falling directly into the American Dream — or so I thought.

Fish Colorful Snorkle Reef Coral Experience

Look at the amazing colors in Honduras!

About six or seven years later I looked at my life. My friends and family were going on vacations and taking time off, all while I was growing my possessions. I got to a point where I had six trucks, a car, five trailers, a tree chipper, a stump grinder, a 70-foot bucket truck, a skid steer, ride on lawnmowers, a 1500 square-foot garage, 16 employees, a house, and much more. There was only one thing lacking in all of it and that was time to enjoy my life and explore the world.  I decided that I would finally take a vacation and went away on a cruise.

While I was away for the first time, I got a call from my crew asking about a simple task. At this point a switch went off in my brain and I knew it was time for a change. Since then, I have sold my business, my house, and most of my possessions. I decided that I would take some time off and rent a house and travel a bunch. In my travels since November, I have visited Jamaica, Saint Croix, Fort Lauderdale, South Beach, Iceland, Mexico, Honduras, and Belize. Although I have only been exploring for months, in contrast to the years I spent growing my business and list of possessions, I would say I value the experiences more.

Beach Jerk Chicken Hut Ocho Rios

Jerk Chicken Hut in Ocho Rios Jamaica on the beach.

I think we each have a different path and everyone should follow the path that best represents them. This might mean that sometimes in life you may value possessions more than experiences. However, one thing to keep in mind is that your possessions cause worry while your experiences create memories. That thing we love the most about our possessions is the experience we have with the item. Learn to live more and want less and you will have everything.

Dive Water World Snorkle

The view from the under water world right before I surfaced.

By |2017-04-30T00:35:22-04:00April 27th, 2017|Blog Posts, My Life, My Opinion, Thoughts for Thursday|0 Comments

About the Author:

Shawn Moloney is the CEO and founder of Movementum Realty. A native of Massachusetts’s South Shore, Shawn was born in Weymouth and later moved to Pembroke. He attended Massasoit Community College where he studied Criminal Justice. Shawn’s love for the outdoors and his entrepreneurial spirit were put to use when he started his own successful tree and landscaping business, SPM Enterprises, running it from 2006-2016 selling the company. Through managing the thriving company and caring for residential and commercial properties, Shawn was inspired to enter the real estate sector. With his intimate knowledge of home and property upkeep, Shawn found success as a sales associate at MacDonald & Wood Sotheby’s International Realty in Duxbury, Massachusetts.Noticing a need in the market, and driven by his passion for real estate, in 2011 Shawn established Movementum Realty. With the goal of better serving individuals seeking to buy and sell property, he continues to grow Movementum and maintain impeccable business standards. His years of experience with properties and his extensive knowledge of the real estate industry have enabled him to successfully run a real estate brokerage. In his spare time, Shawn can be found hiking, gardening, doing yoga, looking at homes, shooting photography and spending time with his friends and family. He is an enthusiastic member of the community, actively participating and volunteering for local organizations such as the Duxbury Business Association and the Duxbury Bay Maritime School.

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