The other day I was thinking “I really need shoes” The simple “Mary Jane” kind to wear when I have to put on a “posh frock” (referencing my all time favorite TV ‘Urban Homesteader’ — Barbara Good) And that got me to thinking “when was the last time I actually went the store — to buy clothes or even shoes?” Uh, can’t remember. Months? No. Years, perhaps.
I have shoes under my bed that are nearly 10 years old or more – talk about “wearing out.” I’m far from going around shoeless (well, I do go barefoot a lot!) but when I do decided to “go into town for a pair of shoes” I’ll feel like my beloved pioneer counterpart, Laura Ingalls, going into town to visit the general store.
Matter of fact, I’m not the only one in the family who’s not into buying personal stuff for stuff’s sake. Justin informed me that he literally has only three pairs of shoes to his name…. what a simple guy!
So the point of this post? No point really.
Just sharing how growing up in a family where the value of living simply was practiced. “Making use and wearing out” are even more essential these modern times which are full of excessive, compulsive buying and commercialization.
Growing up in a simplistic family, we “young-ins” have, over time, built up resistance – resistance against wanting/acquiring more than is necessary for a good life. We all need stuff, but it’s about making a conscious choice of the “stuff” that you buy. We each have our vices – we are human after all. Mine for instance — I am easily tempted by yarn, fabrics. Solution, don’t open any yarn catalogs or go into any craft stores till I use what I already have. Good advice, huh?
Any of you have similar experiences… care to share?