Wait a minute! I DON’T want that?!
December 11, 2009 19 Comments
It struck me like a ton of bricks the other day at lunch.
One of my coworkers was discussing his new elliptical machine and him and his girlfriend (also my coworker) bought. Oh yes, and the TV they got to go with it. Gotta have the TV, right?
And another one of my coworkers then started talking about how he just bought a new TV – 60″ flat-screen I think?.
The old SS4BC, you know, the one before I started to get rid of all of this debt… the old SS4BC would have been salivating. “A new elliptical machine? How much did that cost? Do they offer financing? I wonder if I can get one? What size screen on the TV? Do they have store cards? I want one! I want one!”
And I realized something – I’ve CHANGED.
I’m not lusting after what the Jones’ have anymore. I know I can’t afford that elliptical machine. Nor do I need a new TV.
And what STRUCK ME as they were talking about their new gadgets and gizmos wasn’t what I felt – but contrary – the lack of feeling. I couldn’t have cared less. It was as if I had a shield around me protecting me from their consumerism. And that shield was my dedication to being financially secure, getting rid of this debt, and only buying things I’ve planned for and saved up for and have the MONEY for. (Side note: Can anyone else tell from this last paragraph that I just stayed up all night finishing Breaking Dawn?)
And there you have it – each of these tiny baby steps I take each day actually have netted a change – not yet a full monetary change, but a mind-set change. And I think that is FAR more important.