One of my New Year’s resolutions was not to buy anything new. So far so good. This year I have not bought anything new, or used for that matter. I have found that the desire to buy anything has pretty much been squashed over the past 55 days. It was a little rough in January, but this month has been pretty smooth sailing. Okay, I admit, when I received the $15-off-your-next-purchase coupon from a company I love I did REALLY want to check out their website. I did not though. I was starting to feel confident that I might actually be able to stick to this resolution when two things happened.
Last week there was a super rainy day. No problem, I have an umbrella. Half way through the day my umbrella completely broke. As in, not only failing to cover me and shield me from the rain, but sharp metal rods sticking out at odd angles that effectively made me stand in an off kilter stance to avoid losing an eye. My first thought, I will simply stop by a second hand store in my neighborhood and get a new one. Guess what folks, no umbrellas at the second hand stores. I had a foggy recollection of leaving another umbrella with a friend. Problem solved. Until I reclaimed this umbrella and realized it is also broken. I am certain that this umbrella will not get me through the next ten months. There is going to have to be an umbrella purchase…unless any of you reading this have a spare umbrella you would like to give me.
The other day in a yoga class I saw what appeared to be purple lint balls on my knees. “Funny,” I thought, “I’m not using a purple blanket.” On second glance I realized that they were actually little bits of my slowly deteriorating yoga mat. The mat is almost five years old and has gotten A LOT of use. I knew it was starting to wear out toward the end of last year. I contemplated buying a new yoga mat before the start of the year for this precise reason. And yet, I did not. Silly, silly me. I have decided that I am going to push this mat a little further. I am going to see if it can hold up through the next ten months (everybody meditate and chant longevity energy toward my yoga mat).
Perhaps the not buying anything new resolution was a bit extreme. I am realizing that I may not get through the full year because some things will have to be replaced. However, it has made me very aware of what I do have. It has also made me aware of how much stuff I have that I do not actually make use of. I have become more grateful for what I have. I actually take note when something runs out or wears out. It has forced me to check all of my cabinets and closets before the, “I need to go to the store,” sentence pops into my head. It has made me value the non-things in my life a whole lot more too.