Perhaps I’m not the world’s worst shopper—but I must be close.
I hate shopping. Media hype insists that women have a “shopping gene.” I don’t. To me, shopping is a waste of time. I’d rather be writing, painting, walking, doing rockwork, mixing cement, taking photos of dangerous animals.
I already have everything I need. I couldn’t always say this. There were many times as a single parent when I counted out coins, sold my valuable coin collection to have enough money to go to the laundry mat, took additional jobs including climbing ladders to pick apples—did anything that was needed to get what was needed. But I am blessed. I’m not wealthy, I don’t have extra—but I have enough.
Ads are wasted on me. I’m too busy. Be it through the mail, on the computer, or on billboards, ads don’t sway me. I don’t see them. I don’t read them. For me, they might as well not exist.
If being broke transformed a person into a shopper, I should thrive in shopping malls. I lived under a bridge. I washed myself and my clothes in the river—winter and summer. I traveled around the U.S. looking for employment in states that paid more money to workers. I drove to new locations with everything I owned in the back of the pickup truck and slept on top of the load because I didn’t have money for a motel. But I hate shopping.
That being said, I love giving. And sometimes, giving to someone requires a shopping trip.
If my abhorrence of shopping seems weird to some folks, that’s okay. My assurance is in 1 Timothy 6:6, “Now godliness with contentment is great gain,” and in Philippians 4:11, “I have learned whatever state I am, to be content.”
I hate shopping—and I’m content with that.
4 thoughts on “World’s Worst Shopper”
Well written from those stony walks many of us have to take in Life
I’ll go with those sentiments.
Thank you. Amen. Stony walks indeed! We all take them at some point in life. God bless you and may your path be straight and soft!
I’m with you, Steph. I’m very much a ‘me too’ person when it comes to shopping. I loathe it, except maybe hardware stores. I love them because it means I’m making stuff 🙂 Otherwise, I too am content!
You are so right, Val. I forgot about hardware stores! I love them for the same reason you do! They even have colors for masonry cement so you can make things look like real tree stumps, etc. So much fun!