Montreal is an amazing city if you like concerts and shows in general. I mean, it’s an amazing city for a lot of reasons. One thing that’s not amazing at all is traffic. So today I’ll tell you why we’d buy concert tickets rather than owning a car (or a home, for that matter).
Oh my God, Daniel, here you come again with your anti-car speech?
No. That’s not the point here today. I want to show you that when we are the masters of our own money, we decide if we’ll have a car or attend amazing concerts (not everyone can have both, you know).
“You are rich”
This summer I told a friend we were attending the Louis CK live show during the Just for Laughs Festival. His reaction surprised me: “Lucky bastards!” he said. I replied “I know it’s hard to get tickets for some events, they sell out very fast, but if you subscribe to a few newsletters you can get them in advance”, but I am not sure this was the kind of ‘luck’ he was talking about…
The other day me and wife told another friend that we have seen several concerts this year already, and we were waiting for a few more. He asked “How much each one of these concerts cost?”
“Anything from $80 to $500, but we never pay more than $200-ish each” we said.
“Oh, you are rich…” he said , clearly disappointed…
The point is: we are not rich. Far from that, if you take a look at Statistics Canada’s definitions. What happens is we decided to have a choice on what we spend our money on.
We can have it all, but…
Greatest Oprah said “you can have it all, but not at the same time”.
When we write down our priorities, owning a car is not even close to the top of the list. I would say it’s not even ON this list, but sometimes during winter we think about it. But then we see people shovelling their cars in the morning and we give up, once again.
But I think the real reason is that, for us, having the experiences of attending these concerts and shows, together, building our moments, supporting the very artists that helped us to build our cultural background is way more important than owning a car. Heck, I’ve seen Queen performing live, in the same city where the classic 1980’s concert was recorded! I’ve cried listening to sir Elton John, to Adele, Depeche Mode, Iron maiden, The Nutcracker, the Montreal Symphonic, Seinfeld, and many many more.
I would not have all these opportunities if I still lived in Brazil. Maybe this is a strong point in my reasoning on spending this money. I could have a car back in Brazil (even though I didn’t want to), but these experiences are uniques. I’d never exchange them for a car.
If I had a car (or even a mortgage) here in Montreal, probably I’d think twice or more before shelling $200 in a ticket.
But I don’t.
While most people pay $400 a month in a car or (most of the time AND) $1500 in a mortgage, we rent, we use public transport and we attend concerts. Life is good.
We chose to live like this. We chose to track our spending and making this decisions. We chose to be the masters of our universe, and that includes staying on top of our money.
Until the time you understand it’s all a matter of CHOICE, you’ll struggle. You choose how to live your life. You choose how you manage and make and spend your money.