Yesterday, I was driving, and didn’t have much idea about the number of CDs my car had. Then I realised it has only one CD slot and not a CD changer of 4 or 6. Next, I thought I should have an iPod so that I could have enjoyed what I wanted through blue-tooth connection. Then suddenly I realized that I have not used my iPod in last one year or more. This activated my thoughts on many more things, Handy cam in last few years, Digital Camera in last few years, DVD player for god knows how long and many more.
Now I can say that I bought that Handy cam just out of impulse, I have used it twice only in last 8 or more years, iPod for the past 2 years, an extra computer sleeping for months. So, what’s wrong and where? When I look at myself or my friends I can see it everywhere. We are not happy with what we have but all are stressed and not happy for the things we don’t have. You have a Santro, but you want City& you have a City, but you want Skoda. In my case I always found reasons san excuses for doing what I do. Just after buying a new phone, we need another one only because that has more “features” and “latest”. Better laptop, bigger TV, faster car, bigger house, more money. I mean, these examples are endless.
The point is what is it actually worth? Do we ever think if we actually need those things before we want them? After this, I was forced to think what I need and what I don’t. May be I didn’t need this Handy cam or the iPod or that DVD player. When I look at a person who is – in a way – my role model, he has a simple color TV; he does not need a 32″ Sony LCD wall mount. He has a cell phone worth Rs 2,500. Whenever I ask him to change the phone, he always says “It’s a phone; I need this just for calls”. And believe me; he is much happier in life than me with those limited resources and simple gadgets. The very basic reason why he is happy with so little is that he does not want things in life to make it luxurious, but he wants only those things which are making his life easier. It’s a very fine line between these two, but after looking at my role model’s life style closely, I got the point. He needs a cell phone but not the iPhone. He needs a TV but not the 32” plasma. He needs a car but not an expensive one.
This probably makes me understand (?) that – many of my elders treated “Necessities” as Luxuries, and here I am looking at “Luxuries” as Necessities. So here is the short-cut to make a simpler life miserable…
Madhu K. Nair [July 9th 2015]