I've been thinking quite a bit about my non-consumer year lately.
As I mentioned a couple days ago, that year changed my life. Completely. Although there are many things that have fallen by the wayside (for example I'm currently back on toilet paper) I will never shop the same way again.
I can never shop the same way again.
I'm not perfect.
I still covet things.
I'd like a new MacBook Pro. An iPhone.
But I'm also perfectly comfortable using my current computer and cell phone until they die.
And ... and this is the most cool thing to me ... I no longer covet other people's material possessions. I no longer see a friend buy a house or a car or a Kitchenaid mixer and wish I could afford those things.
I do buy things now, but when I buy now, it's almost always after genuine deliberation. I buy jeans after thinking about it for a month. A new thermos after needing one for weeks.
I have finally begun to learn the difference between wants and needs.
And of all that has come out of my non-consumerist experience, that lesson is the one I cherish the most.
3 months ago