I like stuff. I really do. I like using it, buying it (former shopaholic here!), and I do get a certain amount of satisfaction out of what I own.
Could I “live without it”, like let’s say if everything was lost in a fire?
Certainly. All we need is shelter, food, clothing for warmth and water to survive. Basic human essentials.
The difference between what I own today, and what I owned in 2006 is that now I actually set priorities.
Take for instance my car.
$1800, paid full in cash, taxes included. It’s a junker, not a looker, and I rarely drive it unless I need to get from city to city, or to a remote place to work.
My laptop however, cost $3000.
My laptop costs more than my car. $1200 more to be exact.
Because it’s worth more to me than a car.
I can live without having a car, but I wouldn’t be entirely thrilled. I lived most of my life without a car, it’s only just within the past 2 years that I’ve owned one.
Without a car, it’d just be more difficult to get from city to city for work, using trains, buses and public transportation within the city.
Or how about those nasty Canadian winters?
It’d also be more of a hassle to buy groceries and have to carry it all on the bus, or when I have kids, to have them in tow while running errands but I’ve done it all before and I can do it again.
So basically, I just need a car to get me from one place to another. With that function in mind, I don’t need a fancy car. I just need one that works and won’t give me trouble.
My laptop in contrast, is where I do a lot of my work for my job, and for my blogs as well. I NEED a laptop that won’t bug on me, won’t freeze up, and will run decently when I am on it because I use my laptop at least 80% of a typical day.
I do everything on it, from working, Skype-ing with my family, to watching videos, blogging and using it to pay my bills online.
I need my laptop more than I need a car, and it’s why I spent more on it.