Going to a hobby shop can be such a wonderful experience. You get to see lots of new stuff, talk to people who are interested in some of the same things as you, and get inspired to tackle a hobby project. Why is it then, that every time I leave a hobby shop I have a moment of doubt about what I purchased?
Sometimes, it isn’t about what I purchased, but rather that I spent any money at all. It is more than likely that, in the car or in the parking lot or at some point before I entered the store, I promised myself I would just look and not spend any money. Funny how that rarely works out.
I think the cause goes back to my childhood. I went to lots of garage sales and flea markets in my youth. I would spend a long time trolling the various aisles or digging through piles. I was the Indiana Jones of the used junk world. The point is, I rarely came home empty handed.
The rationale goes something like this….I’m here. I spent the gas money. I won’t be back this way for a long time. If I get it now, I’ll have it for later. The rationalization isn’t nearly as hard as you think it will be when you’re in the parking lot.
I guess the only way to remove temptation is to actually remove temptation. Then again, who’s kidding who? If I couldn’t keep the first promise I mentioned, how in the world could I keep that one.