Just the other day, I was into some serious thinking. It’s been about a year since I started earning and I STILL haven’t bought something significant for myself. I’ve spent mostly on apparel, food and entertainment. But now, I wanted to treat myself with something special, for all those days of working hard (yes!!!)
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First I decided I would get a good watch for me. No, My sister had already done that. She gifted me a beautiful watch on my birthday. Sunglasses? No, my sister had already got me a branded one. Mobile? No. My dad had got me the very phone I wanted. I had wanted to use a QWERTY keypad for long and I got it. Camera? Since I was getting interested in taking photographs? No. Mom got me a Nikon Coolpix from Singapore. Laptop? No I already have one. Vehicle? No, dad got me one long back.(TouchWood!) I was contemplating on getting an iPad and I spoke about it with dad. But I felt I wouldn’t be able to make good use of it.
And Now, I’m back to thinking what I could get for myself.
I don’t mind spending at all. But the problem with me is I don’t like buying things when I already have one. For example, I have this wonderful watch which I save for special occasions. My reasoning is, why another when I already have one. Replacing them when they are just fine, is like a breach of trust, for me .
This is mainly because I get attached to things which I use. My phone, my bag , my accessories. Everything.
They all become a part of me and my life, an integral part. I hate it when I’m using something and I’m forced to look for something else just because there is a problem with it. So I make it a point to get the maximum out of the things which I have till they give up.
I mostly face this problem with my mobile phone. I make it a point to buy a new phone only when I face a problem with the existing phone. Sometimes I feel so guilty when I start using a new phone. I would constantly be reminded of my previous phone and heart of heart I would miss using the old phone, while I enjoy and explore the features of the new phone. This feeling lingers on for about a week, till I’m completely smitten by the new toy in hand. But once in a while, when I search for something and happen to come across the old phone(I don’t throw them), I would start missing it and feel bad that I am not able to use it any further.
My sister once got irritated with the phone (Dabba phone, as she used to say) I was using and literally dragged me to get me a new phone. “But Akka, this still works fine. It just needs extra effort” fell on deaf ears. The condition of the phone was not as bad as what she had imagined, Still.
Luckily for me, I realized there were many people who shared the same thoughts. Getting attached to the things which we use on a daily basis. I’m not bothered by what others have to say, I feel happy that if those things ever had a life, they would be happy that I was using them well and I had a sense of loyalty. That would definitely make them feel proud and happy.
I don’t think twice before getting something new, when I really want it, But I think about a hundred times to decide if I really need it.
This also applies to Life to and the living beings we come across! Very much Indeed.
Ok, now what Should I really get? Any Suggestions?