Daily Archives: August 18, 2011

Desires vs. Demands


Had today been an episode in a sitcom, the title of this blog would have been the underlying theme.

I was chatting with a friend at work about things we would buy if we had the extra money… clothes, better vehicles, more take-out… and in my head I thought… “but I don’t need those things”

I was driving home from work and suddenly got a craving for pasta with sauce and cheese (especially with the rainy weather, it must make me crave the comfort of carbs)… but again I concluded, “Brandy, you don’t need that.”

I was just leaving the gym and my mom called.  Dad had found some seven-day cruises advertised online for around $560 a person.  We had all talked about going in October (a wedding anniversary month for both mom and me), however; I heard myself blurt out, “I can’t afford that, and I don’t need to go on that long of a cruise.”

Well, you know what? I want to do these things… all of them.  Why shouldn’t I? I can at least put them out there for the universe to think on.  At times (like today) I cut my wants off before I even give them a chance.

Now, I also know I do need to be mindful of my health and my money, but there has to be a balance.

If I drain the hope from my desires, I lose the energy to strive for them… and doesn’t life get sorta boring then?

I could go to ROSS and buy a new shirt… I could have a veggie pasta/low sodium sauce/vegan cheese dinner and get the best of both worlds… and I could put some money away, set up a payment plan, and go on a cruise with mom, dad, and my husband and experience new things and create treasured memories, dammit. :)