I was randomly thinking about this whilst on an 11 hour high-speed train heading back to Beijing from a delightful weekend away from the capital. Train thoughts, shower thoughts – same same, but different.
First of all, yes I do own a few designer pieces and indeed I do want to purchase more – Chanel Boy bag, YSL classics, Gucci belt, Valentino Rockstud heels, Burberry classic scarf, Ralph & Russo Eden heels, the famous red soles, the list goes on. Before China, you can say I was heavily influenced by social media which had sparked this thirst.
Other than my Longchamp Le Pliage backpack, I didn’t bring any other designer pieces along with me. Despite being in a designer obsessed country, I didn’t want to give off a certain vibe – wealthy to be exact when in reality, I’m actually not. I have had instances where locals had thought I was very wealthy just because I’m from England. I’ve had marriage proposals because of this but hey, that’s a story for another day. The value of a British passport ey?!
What you own doesn’t define you and your self-worth.
As I did not bring every single one of my belongings during the move, I’ve learnt to live with what I have and adapt… plus it had also given me a reason to shop…
Travelling has taught me so much, given me a lot of new and unique experiences. Whilst on that train home, something in my mind had just clicked. Experiences are more valuable and will leave a deep impression for a copious amount of time, more like forever. Once the moment is over, it becomes a forever lasting memory. I’m the type of person who takes advantage of an opportunity, especially if it’s abroad. If I didn’t, I would be wasting it and wasting my time. It’s like a once in a lifetime opportunity as per se.
Whenever I plan and book my trips, I always roughly calculate how much I would end up spending then realise it’ll most likely equate to a designer piece or possibly cheaper. Owning designer pieces had only given me temporary happiness and are easily forgotten. Honestly, I treat them like any other items. They have no meaning in my life.
You can now say, I don’t really care about expensive things. Having patchy VPN connection here, I am not as exposed to the new trends or am easily influenced. This is like a social media detox here and there and has definitely benefitted me. There are more things to life than showing off materialism. I care for new experiences and have a thirst to constantly learn. There’s so much more out there.
You can buy things later in life, whilst experiences
Experiences are priceless.
哈喽！Nicol is a China based British blogger with a goal to visit all provinces in China, using this blog to document the good, the bad and the ugly of anything and everything. Currently visited 32/34.