What’s Your Most Prized Possession?
A British online magazine asked women and men about their 20 most prized possessions. What do you notice when comparing the two lists below? Beyond the fact that men tend to fixate on expensive, tangible things (and their music in nostalgic forms: records and CDs) and women’s nostalgia is more focused on the family (photos, childhood pictures, children’s artwork, baby clothes, and parent’s wedding rings), there’s something seriously missing here.
The societal tendency in answering this question is to think of physical things (with the exception of men inexplicably adding the internet to this list)—the kinds of things you’d rush in to save during a home fire. But where are the intangible prized possessions? Your reputation could be a prized possession, or your love for your mate, memories of your favorite vacations, spiritual or religious beliefs.
I think my most prized possession is time, as once you’ve spent it, you can’t get it back. And, as we get older, there’s less of it ahead.
What about you?
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