Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I have been having a multi-month dilemma over this sweater. It's the Patagonia Better Sweater Hoodie and I have been wanting it since last year. I have been fighting my want of buying it for this long. It really peaked when I came back to Ketchikan because I see women coming into the coffee shop all the time, wearing various colors of it. I had decided long ago if I ever owned it I would get the natural color with the feather grey accents.
Enter my newly-taken-on interest in minimalism. I have been doing really well with not buying things lately. Putting money into my savings account is like a high. This sweater is a want, not a need. Especially once I started reading minimalist blogs I knew the best thing would be to not get the sweater. Leo Babauta said in his Mnmlist blog, "Avoid new gear." He says in his "A Guide to Escaping Materialism and Finding Happiness" post on Zen Habits, "If you still really want to buy something, put it on a list, and write down the date you added the item to the list. Now tell yourself you cannot buy that item for 30 days. It might be difficult, but you can do it. When the 30 days have passed, if you still want it, then buy it."
Well, I bought the sweater on Tuesday.
I feel good about it. I know I am buying something that is well-made that I will own for a long time. Years, even. Is it the most minimalist thing to do, to buy something that is not replacing something else? Probably not, but I feel good about my decision. I feel like I am okay treating myself to something I will get some good use of. (I also bought a pair of Grunden's Bib Rainpants, but you don't see me fretting over those. ;o)