There is a bird in Egypt that flies into the mouth of crocodiles and dines on the tiny bits of meat strung between the giant carnivores teeth. The Plover, or Crocodile Bird, plays an important role in the dental health of the crocodile and in turn the croc does not eat the tiny bird resting gently in it’s mouth.
I heard about this symbiotic relationship this week and it made me think of my trip to San Francisco, whereby I balanced on the sharp teeth of consumerism. Unfortunately unlike the Plover, I did not escape unscathed. Instead, whilst teetering between spending money and not, I fell into the jaws of corporate America and didn’t crawl out until I’d spent nearly $200. I am ashamed.
The picture I posted yesterday shows me holding an American Eagle bag. This was the first purchase (some undies and leggings if you must know). Then I had to buy a skirt and a shirt at Gap. After this Kevin and I went to the movies. What happened after that you ask? Well, when we emerged from the theater it was freezing and we had a long walk. Next thing you know, we where in front of Old Navy and I remembered that cute jacket I had posted a while back. So we went in to check it out. Turns out, it wasn’t as cute on. But this one was! After I purchased the jacket I new I was done. Done spending again for a while. Partly because I couldn’t afford anymore but also because it was uncomfortable to spend so much money on myself. I now realize that the larger goal (buying a house) is actually more attractive than my wardobe. Who would have thought?
So, I went two months and two weeks without purchasing one item for myself. I didn’t make it to November 8, which was the goal but I came close. I can tell you that I certainly learned something with this experiment, I learned that I don’t need as much stuff as I thought I did. I learned that if you don’t have money, you probably shouldn’t spend money – the most important lesson of them all. I guess the key, as with anything, is moderation. Buying one shirt or one jacket is okay but buying a whole new wardrobe in one day is not advisable.
I believe that because of this experiment I will be more like the Plover. I will stand on the teeth of a giant (aka the MALL) and simply pluck a few items out, instead of diving in head first and risk being swallowed whole.