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.