Today, I made a vow, that I’m not going to shop for a year.
It’s not that I have any unhealthy obsessions with collecting brand names or anything of the sort; the problem is that I love finding cheap clothes. It’s a small adrenaline rush I get when hunting and shuffling through racks of disorganized mess to find that hidden gem in the end. So that’s my excuse: “Oh I can buy two shirts instead of one because it’s $6 per shirt any way!”
I’m trying everything in my power to live with what God has already blessed me with and be completely content with it. This is one of the steps to do so. I have so much to give and yet I make excuses: “I’m just a college student.” “When I start accumulating a salary and funds to my 401k, then I’ll start donating and doing something BIG to make a difference!” I didn’t realize how selfish I really was because…well, most girls go shopping when they just feel like it. I realized, that I just have to change my lifestyle a little bit in order to distribute more wealth to others. There’s a difference between want and need. I don’t need to replace the old sweatshirt that I’ve worn since high school. I will be pleased with the worn-out fade of it regardless of its age. Instead of buying a new sweater for the winter, I’ll double up on layers.
With this, I want to give more to those around me, locally-owned businesses, farmer’s markets, my church, and friends. I feel unshackled by selfish desires when I am freely giving to others-no inhibitions-just knowing that God provides all my basic needs. I don’t have to wait for the right time to do something with a boom to help those around me. It’s the little things and decisions you make everyday-choosing to double up on clothes, checking for “anti-animal cruelty” labels on cosmetics, and spending a little extra money to buy organic foods and support the cause of the local farmers.
Call me what you want–hippy, hipster, liberal–but this is me living up conscious capitalism, no?