Alexandru Huțu: Better?

In spite of my conscious curating of my possessions and reluctancy to buy more stuff, sometimes I end up drooling over a vintage camera or a fancy new pair of headphones. It happens. For “normal” people, it would either lead to an impulse purchase, or a mindless tap on the “Add to Wishlist” button. But since I never buy stuff without thinking it through, these lifeless objects of desire take over for a couple of days, they consume me way more than I should allow them to; thoughts go through my head – “Should I sell that camera and replace it with this amazing, better one? Oh, but maybe this one is too expensive, should I just refrain from buying it and maybe put that money into my travel fund?”

As trivial as this might sound, it often takes up hours upon hours of slow, painful decision-making that usually leads nowhere. Until something hits me. I have a lot of stuff—maybe not by everyone’s definition, but still, oftentimes I feel overwhelmed by what I own. And that’s exactly where I don’t want to end up. I already have cameras that I love (speaking of which, I haven’t even taken many pictures lately). Why, then, should I buy another one? Of course, it would be slightly better in this and that area, but the sole purpose of a camera is to take pictures. And, again, I already have amazing gear that can do that, but I’m barely using it. So, instead of spending a bunch of money on a new something just because it’s new and it might offer that temporary satisfaction of newness, I realized it would be better to cherish the cameras that I have, get them out of their drawer and use them. Abuse them. Shoot away, every day of every week. They’re tools, after all. And while I’m at it, I should also decide which ones to sell or give away. So I’m only left with the essentials—no excess.

I can buy that new camera anytime anyway, I don’t have to take that decision now.