I realised long ago that I have a real tendency when I’m embarking on a project, a new hobby, or some plan to improve a skill to equate the act of buying stuff, spending money on equipment, materials etc with actual progress or hard work.
I’m sure capitalism is mostly to blame and online shopping only makes it worse. I think I maybe get it from my Dad, who regularly starts new hobbies and projects, laying out money in his excitement to get into them.
I’m definitely not as bad as him but I recognise the temptation. I never spend lots on something I don’t know that I’ll continue with and I do occasionally manage to dissuade myself from an unnecessary purchase but i often succumb on a small scale.
Just this morning I resisted buying some items before I play Dungeons and Dragons with my girlfriend’s boys for the first time. I recognised that I have no idea if they’ll like it or not and given that I’m not particularly interested in the game for myself it makes no sense to be stuck with a pile of stuff when they quietly ask their Mum “do we have to play this game again?” But the temptation to acquire was very strong.
I also find myself sliding towards the idea of giving a drum teacher on Youtube some cash on Patreon as an alternative to putting in the hours of work practising.
So, how do you compare? Do you find yourself chucking money at brand new hobbies, buying all the gear rather than doing the actual work or are you someone who recognises they can do without fancy equipment and make do with homemade alternatives?
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