It could be an inspirational or aspirational tangible or intagible item of perceived value.
For some of us, when the going gets tough, we turn to:
Writing: poetry, words of wisdom, reflections,
Drawing: visuals, images, pictures, sketches, doodles,
Singing: a creative outlet to hum a tune, whistle or create a song.
We need to make the most of things and channel our beliefs in the medium that suits us best.
For me, writing, and creating things is my outlet. What's yours?