This title speaks to a lot of things in my life currently. Spending time, spending money, spending energy, spending emotion… we do a lot of spending without ever giving it a second thought (I would prefer that spending added to my shoe collection, but what can you do?).
It is like, “oh, you need this thing? ok… oh, you need my time? ok… oh, you need me to do something for you? ok…” on and on it goes. The cards (literally or otherwise) are swiped over and over until the magnet strip (emotional self) is worn thin. Some people are hoarding jackasfaces and refuse to spend a thing, and live their lives as moochers; which irritates me more than almost anything (that is a story for another day). If you constantly take, never give, and refuse to invest into your life and those around you, what are you actually gaining?
Anyways. I have been thinking about this quite a bit as of late. What do I spend my time and money on? What am I investing in?
One thing that stands out in my mind are the Sunday mornings Drew and I have been spending together (I didn’t even mean to put that word there, it just came out of my finger tips all on its own). We have been taking a morning stroll through the neighborhood, going to breakfast, and finishing the morning off with a trip to the farmers market; it is magical.
My more practical side says, “um, hello… you are wasting your money! You don’t need to go to breakfast every sunday; that adds up young lady! Save your pennies for when you are doing something social and want to have a nice meal, or for when guests visit. This every week thing is a little excessive.” and to that I say, “practical me- you can shut your damn mouth! This is important and meaningful. Not to mention we are investing into our marriage and even you can’t argue with that.”
These mornings make the rest of the week smoother, they allow for the conversations about real life, how we are doing on every level, not to mention they remove us from the everyday, making the conversation more special (or something? I can’t really describe it… it’s like voodoo). Drew and I may work (almost) every day side by side, but there are days I look up from my computer and think, “wow, I feel like I haven’t seen you all day!” which is sad, but true. When you live, work, and play with the same person 90% of the time, taking yourself out of the everyday monotony is all the more important.
Spending, investing, giving, whatever you want to call it, is worth it; whether you realize it or not. Sometimes you just gotta loosen those purse strings, put the card on the table and say, “no, I’ve got this, let me take care of it.”
Granted, any good banker (or Edward Jones man) will tell you, “be careful where you invest” which is absolutely true. Spend wisely my friends (and then, every now and again, get a little crazy and go for broke).