A lot of us watch pennies. We watch calories. We exercise prudence in potato chips, restraint in restaurants, wariness in wine. We are models of self-control (until we aren’t).
Today, it’s time to open the door, even if it’s only a little bit, for a little while. It’s National Splurge Day.
So assuming you aren’t sitting high atop a mountain of maxed-out credit cards, go ahead and think about getting that purse you’ve had an eye on, or that golf club, or that nice bottle of champagne.
Here at Rock Paper Simple, we’re pretty sure Scott is going to buy us doughnuts. (Right, Scott?)
If your splurge is financial, it’s not bad to save up for it. Splurging doesn’t have to be impulsive or reckless. It can be an extravagance that you’ve planned for and is all the more pleasurable because of it; who wants tomorrow to be Buyer’s Hangover Day?
But splurging isn’t just about money. It’s about your time. There’s an unattributed quote floating around the Internet that goes something like this: “Sometimes you’ve got to put those pleasantries aside and splurge on your dream.” Use your time the way you want to use it. There’s no time like now. Let your splurge be the start of something. Make your dream happen. You’re the only one who can.
We’re all about keeping it simple and awesome here, and sometimes splurging means simplifying and enjoying the things that really mean something to you. Jettison the onerous obligation and engage in that moment of pleasure. Watch the sunset with someone you care about. Ride your bike along the river. Cook a great meal.
Take a breath. Find your smile. And splurge. Life’s short.