So today I experienced something I’m sure we all do, financial guilt. Ick. Just so happens that all of my major bills are due in the same week this week and I had some unexpected expenses with having destroyed my side-view mirror on my car, and accidentally running over my road bicycle, yes I passed my driver’s exam fair and square! But that’s not where the guilt crept in.
On top of these aforementioned necessary evils, I splurged on some things that many would deem unnecessary: a few race registrations, new running shoes, a new running top and a plane ticket to visit an old friend. After I typed in my credit card numbers multiple times and clicked submit on various transactions, I crunched the numbers and how much I had spent. Oh vey. Now I’m very good about keeping an insanely low credit card balance, as it has never gone over $500 because debt totally freaks me out. I love saving money, but don’t get it twisted, I’m pretty darn good at spending it too. However, nothing gives me a thrill like seeing my savings account grow while my credit card balance stays at zero. Growing up I was the little girl who squealed with delight at the mere thought of feeding my piggy bank, and would regularly dump all of my loot out into a pile on the floor and count my grand totals. Please tell me I’m not alone with this behavior.
Well I allowed myself to feel guilty for oh about 5 minutes before I snapped out of it and realized something huge, the items I purchased were all linked to life experiences, not just things that would get tossed aside with a changing fashion trend, or when I would lose interest in it:
- Race registrations – some of the best moments of my 28 years on this Earth have been made in races! How could I feel guilty about that?
- Running shoes – Running is more than a form of exercise for me, it’s a way of life, and I have officially begun training for a huge, thrilling race – the NYC Marathon! So new kicks were a must, to help me stave off injuries and put a little extra pep in my step! And how can you beat overnight delivery from Zappos?! – Hello instant gratification!
- Running top – I am running in a Marathon Relay with some pretty rockin’ ladies, (ahem, @kimikay @LillyPea @jess_rowland @masher52 ) we want to all match and represent our Alma Mater in style! Also, I will literally wear that top until it wears holes in it, no joke. I still wear running shorts I have had for 8 years!
- Plane ticket – I don’t get to see one of my oldest friends very often, as she lives in the Windy City, and I have only gone to see her once in the past 5 years that she has lived there. Um, if I feel guilty about anything, it should be that I don’t see her more often!