Buying Fun = Worth It

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My husband and I just got back from Planet ComiCon in Kansas City.  We had a great time!

My husband collects all kinds of autographs from professional wrestlers to actors and musicians.  I’m not as interested in the hobby as he is, but sometimes there is someone at these shows I do get excited to meet.  And, happily, most of the time the encounters I’ve had at these shows have been enjoyable.

Yes, you do have to pay for most of these encounters.  And yes, sometimes those fees aren’t cheap. At this show, autographs/ selfies ranged from $20 to $80 per.  There was also a service offering professional photos , staring at $30.  There is the admission to the show itself.  Then of course there are hotel rooms, gas, and meals.  So, no, this was not a cheap weekend for us.

But was it worth it?  Absolutely.  It was one of the most fun times I’ve had in a LONG time.  Among the stars of this show was Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame.  I have written several times about my enduring love for that show and its stars.  In fact, as soon as I learned Adam was going to be there I was 1000% ready to commit to the weekend.  And yes, Adam was just as awesome as I hoped he would be.

But it wasn’t just Adam (although- no lie- he WAS the highlight for me).  There was other celebrities there including Ralph Macchio and Joey Fatone. There was amazing people watching – the cosplay game was very strong.  There were hundreds of booths selling everything from comic books to all manners of artwork to candy to video games.   And outside of the show itself we enjoyed some great KC food and got to spend time with good friends.

I’ve read many times that gifting experiences create longer lasting feelings of gratitude from the recipient than a gift of a thing.  It turns out that also applies to gifting these experiences to yourself.  So, the next time you wonder if you should spring for those concert tickets or vacation or whatever you think you will enjoy, DO IT.  Your future self will thank you.


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