A few (ok, maybe many) years ago I told myself that one day when I was older, an “adult” with a great job and a (more)full savings account I would treat myself to a gift that represented everything I had striven for and the endurance I had maintained in order to pursue my passions and pave my path.
I recently had a conversation with my boyfriend about this, and the importance of having little goals to look forward to. Because a goal like “paying off (insert bills, loans, etc)” can only keep the human psyche motivated for so long. At some point you need to add on something physical to represent the accomplishment, the huge milestone that you worked hard towards. [I can picture faces scrunching up in “you’re so materialistic!” disgust :p] Well, a full priced chanel bag has long been the symbolic item for me. I don’t mean a knock off, or even a bag I acquire on sale or via a vintage boutique (none of which I am against, mind you); but I envision myself walking into the boutique, ready to purchase a bag of my choosing. Not a gift from my parents, my boyfriend, or anyone for that matter; but a gift from me to me. Just because I can, and I’ve earned it (the larger goal, not just the bag…almost judged me again, didn’t you? :).
Recently I have altered this dream/idea slightly. As circumstances change and life throws luck or obstacles your way, you evolve, plans evolve. Well, I now envision myself walking in with my mom, being able to pick out any one for me AND her. It is an even worthier goal to work towards. Imagining the smile on her face makes it easy to get through tough days when work seems never ending & everything seems to be going wrong.
Slightly materialistic? maybe. Worth it? debatable to some. Going to happen? 100% yes.