It strikes me as interesting that simple pleasures have become profit centers. Where I live kids don’t play softball games in the street, they join a club that structures that activity for them. The same can be said of adults, who take classes or partake in activities, all for a price.
My comment is not to be derisive of purchased experiences, as they certainly have their place. However, I don’t think that they should replace all of the many things that are free for the taking.
This last weekend I went on a bike ride along Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive. The weather was cool, and the sky was clear. I went with a friend, and shared good conversation. I was dazzled by the beauty of the sun rising up from the lake. I was stunned by the elegance of the Chicago skyline at dawn. I was amused by my people watching. Total cost, free.
How many times do I pass up free experiences? Do I think that something has to have a cost to have a value? Today, and everyday, I hope to have the wisdom to see the “sunrises” that present. All free of charge, and all plentiful.