Sometime between last year and this year, we seem to have passed the great divide of Needing More Things.
I am not sure when it happened. I wish that I could point to a day, a moment, some even that would make the demarcation tangible. But that simply did not seem to happen.
I can see the evidence of it, of course. Actual, practical discussions about spending and money. Edging around the discussion of how we will pay for a retirement and help support college (3 of them, mind you). Which wonderfully focuses the mind, as it turns out.
Practically speaking, every expense now gets questioned. Even previously simple tasks like shopping for food becomes a contest in "Why did we buy that?" and "Do we need it?"
It has turned out to be a good personal exercise for me as well. In a way, refreshing: I can almost the material desires peeling away from my soul. The need for money is there, but not the need for things to buy with the money.
My own personal list has dwindled significantly. The remaining things I want are expensive (mostly iai related) or long term development related (such as bees and a beehive and the land to go with it). Beyond those types of things and a simple desire for books, there really is not much else.
Well, one thing I suppose: Financial Freedom. The power to not have to go day after day and do that which matters little to me, and certainly the desire to be free of wagery.
Hmm. Perhaps then this development is the first step to bigger and better things...