Raise your hand if you’ve purchased exercise equipment with the full intention of using it. Now, keep your hands raised if the exercise equipment you purchased became an expensive clothes or hat rack. The only reason my hand is not raised is because I am typing. My Nordic Track sits in our bedroom, holding hats. (I quite like the contrast of the brown/black against the orange and green.)
I have reached a point in my writing where I would like to upgrade to a laptop computer. Why? Because ideas for stories and tales to tell are becoming more frequent, and my thoughts are changing constantly. My desktop computer limits me. My blank canvas is nailed to the floor, when I believe a canvas should move with the artist – literally and figuratively (though not as dramatically).
Yet, as I research and review various brands, styles, makes and models of laptops, I am overcome with guilt in the form of quetions. “Is this a frivolous purchase?” “Will I really use the laptop for my writing?” “Is it necessary for me to turn my back on my faithful desktop, just because the chair I use makes my butt sore?” “Should I really continue using the laptop that belongs to my boss?” “Can we even afford a new computer when we need other things?” “Speaking of need, shouldn’t I use the money to get the septic tank pumped?”
For over a month, I have shopped online and spoken with various computer sellers: Target, Vision Computers, Best Buy, NewEgg, Dell, Toshiba, HP and Mac.
Every time I think I find the perfect laptop, I walk away from the virtual shopping cart, leaving the item behind for the virtual sales person to put it back on the virtual shelf. (Thank goodness there are no virtual restocking fees.)
Add to the mix a recent post by Mr. Mostly Bright Ideas, which has me questioning whether or not I should to add to the growing pile of electronics in landfills. What will the beavers think? (Please read, “The Climate Change Hullabaloo”.) Then, just before I decide to publish my drama, my anxiety grows as I read Broadside’s “Fear of Shopping” and her mention of tight budgets.
Doing my best to drown out the penny-wise and environmentally-sound logic that is swirling overhead, I still find myself bombarded with questions, “Once I have a new laptop will I use it?” “Will a new laptop give me the trim waistline, tight abs and firm thighs I’m seeking?” Wait. Scratch that. What I meant was this: “Will the new laptop provide me with better edited posts?” (Is that even a well edited sentence? If not, it’s because of the desktop computer; I’m certain of it.)
Folks, of course a new laptop would generate better edited posts! Plus, the creations typed out on the new keypad attached to the new laptop would fill the blogosphere with new, well thought out and refreshing words of wisdom. Right? Say it with me: of course!
The again, would my new laptop, like my Nordic Track, merely be a reminder of what I would like to see happen; but in the end, would the purchase wind up holding my hats, surfing the internet and leaving the septic tank full? After all, to get the trim waistline, tight abs and firm thighs, the exercise equipment has to be used diligently; to become a polished writer, one needs to be diligent with his/her writing and editing; and to become financially stable, one has to be practical with his/her saving and spending, ensuring money is available when tanks need to be pumped.
Ding dangity – practicality and diligence are such downers.