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You can’t get that anymore

September 1, 2013

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The person who is staying with me appreciates my eclectic environment. There are quite a few old things in the space here, and many people who have stopped by to visit have commented on the uniqueness of the few objects I own. My friend mentioned that he has heard me say more on one occasion “you just can’t get that anymore” when I speak of the objects in my space that surround me, or the two cases of fabulous wine I purchased last year and still enjoy today.

I never noticed before how I would attempt to prevent the loss of being able to enjoy special things by purchasing multiples. You ladies may know this about your favorite color of nail polish which is probably now no longer in stores, or on an “endangered list” online. My friend’s brother bought a case of ketchup in glass bottles for this exact reason knowing full well, but not caring that ketchup has a shelf life, and  he may not be able to consume all the ketchup before it goes bad beyond it’s due date.

Those of you who have experienced this “overbuy” dilemma know what I am talking about. Somehow to freeze time we purchase more than we need to avoid running out and/or having to search for something which becomes unavailable for repurchase. Of course it’s a favorite cologne, or shirt from a company that stops producing that shirt, or film, records, shoes, lipstick, the list goes on and on. Many peoples favorite Pears soap is a perfect example. The producer changed manufacturers, changed the formula in 2009 and hence a frenzy occurred from the loyalists of this product snapping up all they could find after they realized the 300 year old recipe had been altered. I must admit, for some it is a big deal if a company that hasn’t changed the recipe since the 1700’s (yes, that’s right) suddenly without warning changes the recipe and screws it up forever. I get that. But there’s the storage issue. This storage issue comes up yet again. Where to store your favorite ___________ until you are ready to use it? Will this overbuy behavior give you enough emotional time to find a dupe, or adjust to the fact that you just can’t get it anymore? These can be functional dilemmas, but largely emotional and memory dilemmas from what I have seen. Hence the big lesson for me here is yet again, the practice of letting go and adapting. Adapting to loss, and change, but much more importantly new opportunities and new beginnings.

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