July 18, 2012

take it back...

It has recently come to my attention that I’m a certain type of consumer…and that my best friend, Dara, is not the same kind of consumer.

Shocking, I know.  We aren’t identical, despite commonly held beliefs!

You see, I’m the sort of consumer who buys what she thinks she needs or wants, and, if I discover otherwise, I return the item.

Dara, on the other hand, ends up keeping the item. 

I’m in the process of training Dara not to hold on to these things.  For me, it’s a matter of getting my money back, and not having an item I don’t need (or want) taking up space.

For Dara, it’s a matter of, “I bought it, I’m stuck with it.” At least until she throws it out.

And I’m wondering, is the way we shop the way we look at life?

Do I take what life gives me, see if it fits, and if not, take it back for a refund?
Does Dara tend to just accept what life gives her, even if she never makes use of it?
And why don’t either of us make lemonade from our lemons?

I really don’t know, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about.

And don’t worry, I still fully intend to return stuff I don’t need, at least if it came from a store.


MangyCat said...

That's an interesting way to look at life too--if we take what we are given and keep it even if it doesn't seem useful, or if we return what we are given that we don't see as useful.

Not sure which is better, though when it comes to STUFF, I'm with you: take it back and get your money returned or exchange it for something better!

Sara said...

Yeah, I don't like useless stuff, but I also see Dara's point that it's a pain to return sometimes!