LOSING IT ALL
All right, so this happened on a vey fine evening I had gone shopping with one of my batchmates. It was about three years ago when I was residing in my college hostel. I just lost four thousand rupees and my debit card. God knows how. I mean it just happened. I felt so annoyed and upset about it. I called up my parents to tell them about the loss of my debit card but I kept quiet about the loss of my money. I was too embarassed to admit that.
So now, I had full three months to go before I could go home and collect my debit card with nothing in hand. As I settled into this acceptance, I knew there has to be a way. Luckily, I found my old wooden box in which I had saved up some money. Those few coins and ten rupee notes added upto a good nine hundred rupees.
I had a college fest coming up for which I needed new clothes, accessories and what not. Adding to that, we were planning a few more things. I wasnt going to let money get in my way.
So, I went on to stick to eating the hostel food, avoiding cakes and other goodies. I attended the fest with the least amount of make up and a borrowed pair of slippers. I contributed to my friends’ birthday parties by doing the decorations and the gift wrapping and to sum it up, that became my new way of minimalistic living and I follow it till date.
WHAT MATTERS MORE?
I remember myself promising my friends a grand treat when I had to attend our seniors’ farewell in the very same month. I had only a limited amount of money and I ultimately ended up choosing spending quality time with my friends. So, I did attend the farewell, spending as little as getting a four year old piece of lovely clothing stitched for myself and putting on my usual pair of slippers.
A few days later, we did go for our treat. We chose to walk uptil our destination and I tell you, I enjoyed it so much. First, we were going to a really expensive place and didnt know the way. Secondly, my friends had dressed up really well and were already worried about their looks getting spoilt. As for me, I looked marvellous in my daily clothes and a pretty peach colored cardigan. But above all, we loved our experience. We were walking and talking and above all least bothered about our stressful lives. We arrived at our destination almost an hour later.
I guess what matters most is what we often neglect when we equate having more fun to spending more. As for me, I have adopted those times as my way of life and its really amazing.
DROP THE “WHAT IF”
The society tries to keep you stuck in this money web by using manipulating statements like,
What if you dont succeed?
What if this never works out?
What if its too good to be true?
Now ask yourself,
WHAT IF I GO ON LIVING A LIFE I DONT LOVE?
WHAT IF I MISS OUT ON ALL THE FUN?
WHAT IF I NEVER FIND OUT IF I COULD HAVE SUCCEEDED IN FOLLOWING MY HEART’S DESIRES?
WHAT IF LATER IN LIFE I REGRET NOT CHOOSING TO SHINE MY LIGHT?