I recently heard a television commercial for a furniture store stating; “BUY NOW WITH NO INTEREST UNTIL 2025.”
I visioned my parents faces and wondered what their reaction would be to know how easy it is to furnish our homes these days. They came from a generation where the only purchases made were with cash and when it ran out they worked to earn more. There were no extra nickels and dimes and their worn recliner chair and couch were proof this was true.
Is it good that our children are growing up in a world where we do not have to wait for anything?
I did not listen to my parents when younger and fell into the “I want it now” world. I remember days of not being able to decide what color shirt, pants, shoes and purse was my favorite so I purchased them in every shade available.
Once I saw how easy it was to dress like a millionnaire I wanted to live like one as well; bigger televisions along with furniture were a few things on the very large list of buy now, worry later purchases.
Sadly as we were living the “out with the old, in with the new” life we learned nothing was getting worn out but us. The items given away to charity or the curb were anchors that kept my husband and I stuck as the bills continued to roll in. While it sounds great hearing the announcer shout out how there is no interest for five years they did not warn what would happen if unexpected events occur and the balance is not paid in time.
Life got shaken up in so many ways and one day I realised this mantra was no longer working for us. It took a lot of work and moments of learning to love myself that I realised designer purses do not make me rich and premium lipstick does not make me a model. Time goes by just as fast on a Rolex watch as it does on a Timex.
It makes me sad to see the younger generation in my family following my footsteps.
It is time for the truth to be told:
I was acting out a life I thought I was expected to have versus listening to my brain and living the life I had.
I often get asked the question why I share my shortcomings with others? the answer is simple;
When we know better we do better and it is time for me to be a role-model like my parents were.
I wasted too many years wearing a mask to conver up what was happening inside and in the end it wore me out. I want to help others from having this same experience. I feel proud when I share my vulnerable and imperfect side. We baby boomers made mistakes in our days too.
I no longer have to wear a mask to impress anyone!
I no longer need clothes crammed in closets and rooms filled with things and it feels wonderful.
I am not perfect and from time to time get the urge to splurge. During those times I honestly look around me at all I have in my life and I am grateful.
Making memories are far more precious investments than any shopping mall visit could ever be.
I have memories of my my mother as she prepared a different vegetable from Monday – Thursday night and on Friday she mixed all the leftovers together for nothing could be wasted.
My parents worked hard to give us all we had and I know I never thanked them enough.
I wish I had listened to their wise words and was a better rold model myself but I know it is never too late.
I am happy to now shout out my advertisement!!!
THE BEST ADVICE WITH NO INTEREST DUE UNTIL 2025 AND BEYOND IS:
SHOP REASONABLY AND ONLY WHEN YOU CAN AFFORD TO
SLOW DOWN; ENJOY EACH DAY
MAKE LOVING MEMORIES
NEVER FORGET STUFF WILL NOT MAKE YOU BEAUTIFUL; YOU ALREADY ARE
USE IT UP
WEAR IT OUT
MAKE IT DO
OR DO WITHOUT
AND BE SURE TO WALK OUT OF THE ROOM WHEN THE TELEVISION COMMERCIALS ARE ON!!!!