We are trying to reduce our consumption of things. I don't need another shirt. Or fancy cheese plate. Or more shoes. It's hard sometimes, because we're surrounded by the new and shiny (the better and improved.) But then after the wrapping is off and the sparkle fades, the present becomes yet another thing to put away (and find space for.) A burden, instead of a gift. This year, for holidays and birthdays we're trying to go for expirences instead of things. So this is what I got for my birthday.
It was such a thrill, I was so scared! I'm still talking about days later, still proud of my mad flying skills. And other than a few photos, there's no new clutter at my house. A perfect present.