Thursday, January 21, 2021

The $2 Dilemma

I often spend time on YouTube, streaming video, or on Zoom participating in some form of dance class, pointework, or barre.  All for exercise, to retain technique, build strength, and keep connections to my own dance studio, of which I hope to return to.  I do this in an area of my house that is the most spacious, but yet, the farthest away from the router - so wi-fi is incredibly sparse.  I can occasionally scrape enough signal together for a YouTube video viewing... but if it's something live, I find that using my phone as a hotspot is the better option.

I went to Amazon to buy a wi-fi antenna for my laptop, to make that reach more reliable without aid of my phone.  With the item researched and in my cart, I saw that I needed only slightly more than $2.00 to qualify for free shipping and to save the $8.00+ in charges.

$2.00 and some change was all.

And yet it took me a ridiculous amount of time to decide what that item should be.

This made me remember... how, just a few years ago, this task would have been so easy.  Because, really... who doesn't need another shirt, or pair of pants, or some decor, or electronics, or sticker for my Jeep or for the laptop, or this... that... or the other thing?  Things that I would convince myself that I 'needed,' while potentially doubling the total in my cart.

The fact that this $2.00+ chore took, quite literally, hours last night brought me to realize how much my shopping and spending habits have changed over the years since developing a more minimalistic lifestyle.  Not only does it reflect how much stuff I already have (or have gotten rid of, at this point), but it has made me hyper-selective of the things I buy and how much I've cut spending on non-necessary items.

This sort of reflection and realization is super-cool sometimes.  It shows just how far I've come in a few years, and that I'm still on the right path.

Then... while reviewing my RSS feed this afternoon, I read a short post by minimalist, Joshua Becker.  His article struck the right chord - it's here, if you'd like to read it for yourself.

Lightbulbs Always Need Changing by Joshua Becker

These couple of bits, specifically, said all the right things:

"This is why I chose minimalism as a lifestyle in the first place. Rather than being frustrated at a lightbulb that needs to be changed, I should find some joy in the fact that I need to change less of them than ever before."

"Being freed from the unquenchable desire for more, bigger, and better is a wonderful feeling. As is, being separated from constantly comparing my things to others."

I concur, Joshua.  I concur.

Oh, and for the record... I did find a few dollars worth of shipping envelopes to add to my order.  You know, for the inevitable next time that I sell more of what currently I own.  😄

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