Every Monday I post Real Life Minimalists, a profile of one of my readers in their own words. If you’d like to participate, click here for details.
This week, I’m pleased to feature Samantha.
I’m 43 next week and for the last 20 years I have asked myself the question before making a purchase, will this make my life better?
There is a problem with answer in that I have a lot of hobbies. See, I’ve been single for 20 years and 5 years in, I asked myself, what if this is it and I never meet that someone? So my answer to that was, I had better make sure I have a damned good life! And I have. I sew, screen print, reupholster furniture, take photos, crochet and I love taking my friends out and treating them. All this on working 22 hours a week (and I study too).
Many years ago I also asked myself, what is my purpose in life? And the answer was, to build and have great relationships and I have. I have the best life but I often feel that my desire for things is endless. I don’t buy jewellery or clothes (mostly second hand and only a couple of times a year) but I would love a thermomix as I have multiple food allergies and have to make most things myself, I buy plants because I love gardening, books because I love reading, fabric to sew up, movie tickets ’cause that’s all about having a better life and I buy presents justified by sharing the love! When will it end?
I really want to stop buying any of it but I keep letting myself because these things really do enhance the quality of my life. Now I’d like a new sewing machine (second hand of course, I don’t care for new things) because my old one just isn’t stitching as well as it used to even after a service. And I’d like a gym membership to stay fit when it’s too miserable outside to go on my 6km daily walk.
What should I do? I just don’t know when it will stop. If I get my Thermomix, gym membership and sewing machine I’m sure I’ll think of something else I’ll want to play with that I’ve managed to live without thus far.
The stories on the Miss Minimalist site really inspire me and I think with the right justification I can stop buying anything other than food but honestly, I’m finding it difficult. Any suggestions are appreciated.