When Midlife Celebration Gives It Away For Free, Does It Become Less valuable?

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What’s the inherent value of something from Midlife Celebration if it’s free? Isn’t it generally assumed the more expensive it is, the more it’s worth?

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Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Natalie, can’t imagine it ever being less valuable. All work that is done, paid or unpaid, is a gift to those who benefit from the effort.

  2. Who says that value or expense has to be associated with money?
    If the economy were to catastrophically crash, a skill could be worth a lot more than money. That crate of gold bullion in my basement (just so you know, I have no basement) is going to get me nothing. What could someone else do with it?
    I guess an expense could be anything that you give away.
    Imagine how a society would function if transactions were only made or donations were only given with something someone possessed. How’s that for balancing a budget?
    How does your life look as a budget?

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