This is absolutely brilliant.
I just heard the comedian Bill Burr say the above sentence on Jerry Seinfeld’s show Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee .
You really need to see the episode, but the implication of it was this: you don’t want to be the guy who owns the boat – he needs to deal with all the harbor fees, maintenance and so on. Instead, you want to be the friend who can come on the boat, hang out, and be the hero of the day for bringing a six pack.
Of course, this is not about being a moocher and taking advantage of other people. This is about all of the great things you can enjoy in life, without being the owner of things.
- Nature is nice, but you don’t need to own a garden to enjoy it. You can go to a park or a forest to enjoy it.
- The beach is nice, but you don’t need to own one to enjoy it.
- I love books , but I don’t need to own them to enjoy them. So I go to the public library and benefit from a much larger collection than I could fit into my apartment.
- A car can be nice, but there are so many services now, that allows you to rent one on demand for a very fair price. I rent an electricity driven BMW on my smartphone every time I need a car. This makes it completely irrelevant for me to own my own car. A car is almost as big of a headache as a boat.
Not owning a lot of stuff results in fewer commitments and an easier life.
Stuff you own also depreciates in value. Saving from not owning, and keeping your money invested instead, makes you money.
Have a nice day!