Why do we buy so much?
Because we associate happiness with owning more. They call it ‘the retail therapy’. However therapy is something that fixes us for life, therapy is treatment – therapy cannot be something that gives momentary pleasure, so chocolates or retail cannot be termed as therapy. If retail is a therapy then it is so only for the shop owners, not for you and I. If you think following the latest trends is making you look trendy or how many clothes you buy is showcasing you as rich then no – you are getting poorer and the only person getting richer is the owner of brands.
I have said this before on this blog – I am just reiterating myself – contrary to popular belief food, watching TV and shopping cannot be hobbies. Owning more stuff and materialistic attitude is not going to make us happy. The way to solve the problems in our life does not go through consumption.
Initially, I thought it is quite ironical to start a personal style blog because I don’t buy much, in fact, I hate to shop, but then I thought maybe there are people like me who hate to shop, hate to have too much stuff and yet want to get ideas on how to reuse the same items in their closet in many ways. I might have a personal style blog but I am averse to mindless consumption and materialistic attitude.
My greatest joys in life haven’t been through clothes, shoes or cars… but through experiences… through traveling… through learning new things – from musical instruments to languages… through reading books by the great minds… by being in the company of the ones I love and through creation… from painting or be it even creating and writing on this blog.
*** I highly recommend you read a book called The Happiness Project.
To be continued…
Jeans: 7 for all mankind, Sweater: J crew factory, Top: Calvin Klein, Shoes: DSW