Before I get started, I just wanted to wish everybody a happy 2018!
This year I’ve decided to do something I’ve never done before: make a new year’s resolution. The reason why? Well, I’ve been thinking. Modern day culture has enabled us to do so much: to go to the supermarket (which is usually close by) and pick up anything from a Camu Camu berry to Matcha tea (OK, you probably won’t find a Camu Camu berry, but that’s fine because they’re pretty disgusting anyway); to hop on a plane to Australia; to get from a to b without breaking a sweat; to buy ready-made food from Pizza Hut; to go shopping whenever we want; to have knowledge at our very fingertips, thanks to the internet… you get the picture.
But this glut of possibility that has defined the past hundred years or so has also meant that we have had to learn self-restraint like never before. We may want the chocolate bar, but we (if we’re being good) restrain ourselves and go for the nut mix instead. We may want to go on Facebook and Instagram all the time, but now that we’re starting to realise the psychological (and very real) dangers of the internet, some of us are trying to restrict our internet usage. And whilst it’s so easy to get in your car and drive to the supermarket even although it’s only round the corner, people are catching onto the idea of cycling where possible to avoid both ramping up the petrol bill and causing additional harm to the environment.
We’re now having to learn the art of self-restraint, and we’re surprisingly good at it. I’m amazed at how many people hit it up at the gym or exercise classes, the people who opt for the granola bar instead of the triple chocolate brownie (I mean, we all know the brownie looks better, let’s not kid ourselves!), the people who turn off the internet in evenings, to cook even when we feel like getting a takeout.
I’m not the best at self-restraint, which is why I’m making myself a new year’s resolution: not to buy anything unless they’re a) necessities, b) experiences, or c)birthday/Christmas presents for others.
I’m not going to be too hard on my little old self here – I don’t want to live a whole year of saying no. So, necessities for me can include buying things like makeup or my curl creams (I’m sorry, the curls aren’t 100% genuine) but only when I’ve run out. Experience, on the other hand, can include going to the cinema, zipping off to Paris, or going for a delicious picnic (of course!). This isn’t about spending less, this is about being less consumerist, more environmentally friendly, and more thoughtful about how I spend my money.
So if you’ve decided to make a new year’s resolution, I wish you all the luck in the world, and a happy 2018!