The Joy of Tickets

A few weeks ago I wrote a guest post for Penny at Lillies and Love, about the importance, for me at least, of finding a balance between having lovely photos to remind yourself of all the wonderful times in your life, and not feeling the need to document every moment of your life. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how important memories are, and how big a comfort they can be when your life changes.

With that in mind, I’ve been trying to have as many experiences as possible. For me, this doesn’t mean abseiling down a building or jumping out of a plane (though I would like to do a skydive one day). I want to fill as much of my time with doing things that are going to create the best memories.

I don’t have a lot of disposable cash, and therefore I can’t afford to buy myself a lot of things. I have a phone that works, and I treated myself to a Kindle with some vouchers I had, but recently I’ve realised that rather than lots of things, I’d rather spend what money I do have on doing things. I’ve come to realise that I love buying tickets for things.

In March, I went on the BBC Broadcasting House tour, and then went to see Mark Kermode present a film that he loves. In June, I went to see Dr K again, chairing a debate on film critics, and I went to see Derren Brown’s live show. In July, I went to see The Shires in London. In August I went to meet Steve Backshall and get a book signed (no ticket necessary), and then I went to Singalonga Dirty Dancing. This month, I am off to a book event tomorrow, Hyde Park for Radio 2’s Festival in Day on Sunday, an Itchcraft event with Simon Mayo next Saturday, and I’m running* in Run or Dye the weekend after. In October, I’m going to see Singalonga Frozen, and then in November, I’m going to see The Shires and Ward Thomas in concert. No concrete plans for December yet, but there is talk of a West End show if we can all get together.

I know that an awful lot of those things seem to revolve around celebrities, but the truth of the matter is that more often than not, these famous people are talking about something I find interesting. And it may seem that I have endless funds for gallivanting around: I don’t really, but as I mentioned, I’ve realised that this is the way that I’d rather spend my money. Making memories, instead of buying things.

It helps, of course, that all of these things involve my favourite people. And I also think that in between these exciting events, there are the times when I am just sitting on a sofa, watching telly with those people, or having dinner. The downtime is just as important as the big plans, and I treasure those times too.

I’m not going to pretend that I don’t like new clothes – as long as Primark make t-shirts that flatter my figure and have cool designs, I’ll buy them. But when I’m eighty, and I’m looking back on my life, it’s the experiences that will count, not the fact that I had a Hogwarts t-shirt once (though I do have an unhealthy amount of love for that thing).

* Running may be putting it a little optimistically. Taking part is probably slightly more accurate.

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  • Reply Lucy

    Hi 🙂 I stumbled across your blog via Essex bloggers (having just moved to Essex myself and began to blog!) and just thought I’d stop by to say that this post just really resonates with me. I am a real fan of materialistic things (aka clothes/jewellery!), but when it comes down to deciding what to do with my very limited funds I always pick ‘doing’ over ‘having’, and am pretty obsessed with keeping various tickets/photos/mementos 🙂 anyway, I am really enjoying following your blog, and it’s nice to know that there are other people in Essex doing what I want to do!

    September 14, 2014 at 10:07 pm
    • Reply Jane

      Hi Lucy, thanks for stopping by!

      Picking ‘doing’ over ‘having’ is a great way of putting it, and I totally agree. I love keeping tickets and the like too – I have a journal that I try to keep up with but I’m a bit rubbish, so they are scattered all over the place!

      Off to check out your blog now too 🙂

      September 19, 2014 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply bevchen

    Personally, I like to spend my money on travel. That’s kind of tickets as well, right? Plane tickets… train tickets 😉 Like you, it’s all about the experience. I would choose a weekend away over an expense item of clothing any time!

    September 15, 2014 at 11:59 am
    • Reply Jane

      Yeah, I think that counts as tickets! It definitely all about the experience, and the memories. I’d travel more if I could afford to!

      September 19, 2014 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Louisa

    You and me have definitely come from the same tree (or whatever the phrase is) – there’s nothing better than planning events and booking tickets for something. I’d much rather my memories were made of experiences – there’s far too much material stuff in the world (and in my life) already but I’ll never get bored of looking forward to a new theatre show, talk, comedian or event! 🙂 xx

    September 25, 2014 at 1:59 pm
    • Reply Jane

      That’s the thing, with plans and tickets you get those weeks and months where you look forward to what you are doing!

      It’s all about the memories 🙂

      October 5, 2014 at 11:45 pm

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