Maximizing retirement: Assets vs. Experiences

As you move toward retirement, consider the merits of building a life that is light on fixed assets and heavy on experiences.  When younger, most people want a bigger house to fit the kids and keep up with the Joneses.  They want to live in a great neighborhood with great schools. The same logic is used when purchasing cars.  Bigger and more expensive is better, safer, etc.

Unless you have enough money to fund both, retirement should be focused on the experience, not the asset.  The wisdom of age should have taught you that life isn’t all about who has the most square footage or the biggest car collection. Contrary to popular belief, he who dies with the most toys does not, indeed, win. In all likelihood, he who dies with the most toys is a bit of a jackass.  A life spent in dogged pursuit of rich experiences and meaningful relationships can be infinitely more rewarding than one spent focused on the acquisition of more stuff.

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