The Beatles sang about love they couldn't buy, and Aladdin's genie lectured about wishes you couldn't wish for. There are a lot of things in this world money can buy if you're willing to spend all your time earning that money. But so many more things can only be experienced once. There are so many opportunities that must be seized immediately because they'll never chance your way again. This list should get you thinking about all the things money can't buy, despite commercials, billboards and advertisements that would like to convince us there is no such thing as an "unpurchaseable" item.

1. More time with the ones we love

2. The love of those people

3. Loyalty (cat, dog, human, or otherwise)

4. Missed cuddles

5. More wishes

6. Kisses (the true love kind)

7. Youth

8. More money

9. Your mom's homemade pie, cake or cookies

10. The secret recipes for said confections

11. Respect

12. Trust, once it's lost

13. Hope, when times are hopeless

14. Faith you're not willing to work for

15. Freedom from worry or fear

16. Freedom for citizens of oppressed nations

17. World peace

18. Memories once they're forgotten

19. The stories you never asked your grandpa to tell

20. The times you didn't hold and hug your child

21. A redo of past mistakes

22. A redo of missed opportunities

23. Good health when you don't treat your body well

24. The time you waste on watching mindless TV

25. The time you should have been exercising but ate a Twinkie instead

26. The time you should have napped when the baby was napping

27. A baby who sleeps through the night

28. A toddler who isn't picky

29. A child who never fights with his or her siblings

30. The beloved dog that passed when you were 12

31. The darling lap cat that disappeared that one summer

32. Inner beauty

33. A good sense of humor

34. The ability to see past others' faults

35. The ability to see past your own faults

36. The kind of friends who never desert you

37. The kind of family that always stands by you

38. The first time you read your favorite book

39. The first time you see your favorite movie

40. Education you didn't get

41. Beautiful vistas you didn't see

42. Trips you didn't take

43. A warm summer day spent picnicking with your family

44. An autumn afternoon jumping in colorful piles of leaves

45. A winter morning when you make the first footprints in the snow

46. A spring night spent stargazing at a sky close enough to touch

47. The moments that take your breath away

48. The moments that make your heartbeat stutter

49. The opinion you didn't stand up for

50. The love you didn't risk

Money is indispensable. That's something we can't deny. It's necessary in order to survive this world. But sometimes we get too focused on surviving, and we forget about enjoying. After all, wasn't life meant to be celebrated, not just endured? What else would you add to this list?

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