The changing of the calendar is a great opportunity to take stock of priorities. The end of the preceding year is usually too hectic to regroup and think, so I’ve saved my resolution-making for January.
In 2012, I will:
1. Invest in quality
This idea began with the life lessons I first learnt as a student attempting to live frugally in Melbourne. If you buy the cheap crappy winter jacket, you will end up paying more for good sweaters to layer warmly underneath. If you get the $15 haircut at the hairdressing academy, you’ll need to pay for another haircut very soon because your hair will grow out looking like a haystack.
It goes beyond the realm of goods and services: if you spend an hour socialising with people you don’t care about all that much, you’ll really crave the company of your real friends. Once I was at a bar with my friends and a guy chatted me up – I was afraid of being rude and ended up talking to him for about 30 minutes, which was a complete and utter waste of time considering I could’ve spent that half hour hanging out with people I actually cared about. (Who, in hindsight, kind of sucked insofar as they failed to catch all my telegraphed signals to bail me out!)
It’s been seven years since I left university and I still have to keep reminding myself to prioritise how I spend my resources on people and things. This year, I will make a real effort. On one end of the spectrum, I will stop buying blogshop clothes that never look that good once they arrive in the mail. And on the other end, I will make more time for the friends and family who enrich my life – and make more of an effort to enrich theirs in return.