Something that has happened to me quite a lot on my simplicity journey, is thinking I need kit to accomplish something – only to discover it’s unnecessary once I’ve got it.
This feels frustrating, because though I try hard to find the cheapest way of doing things, and search out the cheapest versions of what’s on offer, I do still end up spending money unwisely with this recurring mistake.
And although I’ve made the mistake in the past, each new time I can’t see it coming.
I think it happens because some of the courses of action I choose in pursuit of simplicity are somewhat counter-culture, and I don’t personally know anyone else doing them, so I have to figure out my own solutions without a model to follow. And there’s a psychological component too; doing what no one else is doing (and may find weird or silly) feels hard, so I gather kit around me where what I really needed was resolve.
I’ve just bought four items I completely don’t need. I’ve even tried to pretend to myself that I do need them for different purposes because I feel embarrassed about wasting the money. Altogether they still come to less than twenty pounds, but even so.
I’d like to think I’m learning and honing my skills at simplicity, but I have to say the evidence isn’t out there yet.
I guess it’s a sort of stupidity tax.