Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Buying things I don't need

I have recently started stand-up paddle boarding.  It's really fun and I love it.  My boyfriend and I sailing across the ocean wondering how long it will be till we fall in this time.  Anyway, it reminded me that I used to own a (cheap, off-brand) GoPro camera. 

Naturally, this thought came to me because I wanted to take footage of the fun to post to social media - but that's another blog post for another time.

I thought, in some detail, about how I came to own this camera that I never used.  Every reason is incredibly symptomatic of the person I was:

  • I'd been told that this camera was just like a GoPro but half the price.  So really I'd be saving money.
  • Everyone had a GoPro.
  • I worked hard so I deserved it.  And most importantly...
  • I thought that if I owned a waterproof camera, I'd be more likely to do exciting water-based activities.
I used it once.  I filmed some owls with it.  I don't know who I thought I was.  I had never been someone who went out into the ocean and had never been in a situation where I thought, "What would be useful right now is a GoPro".  

My point is that I thought the purchase would create the experience.  A lot of money has gone into learning this lesson.  I don't need a GoPro, but I have found myself in a situation where one would be useful.  It just can't work in the opposite direction.

Carmen x


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