When I was younger, I started the practice of saving things for some future moment of enjoyment. It might be a book, a piece of clothing, or even my Halloween candy, which I would hide in a Reebok shoe box, in the top drawer of my desk. Inevitably, by the next Halloween, I always had candy left in that box.
As an adult, I’ve continued this practice of saving things for a special day. However, what I’ve realized is that by saving them, or savoring them, as I feel I’m doing, there is a strong chance, I’ll never use them. I remember around 2003 I bought two books, each of which, I couldn’t wait to read, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides and Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I placed them lovingly on my bookshelf and had a thrill of anticipation every time I passed the bookshelf, my eyes falling on them, waiting for that perfect moment to treat myself, and devour them. However, that day never came, and after packing them up during three moves, I finally decided it was time to share them with someone who would enjoy them.
Why do we save things? For me, it may be that the promise of some future, delectable, occasion holds more importance in my mind, than the actual event. However, if life is about finding enjoyment every day, then I’m determined to make every day a special occasion, from the books, clothes, shoes and even food I save, for that perfect occasion. My new ritual, is to enjoy them, in that moment, rather than save them, knowing that when the future gets here, there’ll be some new decadence waiting for me.
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