The other day I got a small Amazon delivery, and I couldn’t remember what I had ordered. (Do you ever have online shopping blackouts?) When I opened the box I literally cheered, whooped, and did a little dance. What was in the box?
Tea tree oil.
I got more excited opening that box of $5 essential oil than I did when my new carry-on suitcase that I’ve been needing desperately arrived (now I can stop borrowing other peoples’ suitcases when I go on business trips). More excited than when the Zara sparkle boots that I’d been ogling for 4+ months arrived.
Over tea tree oil!
A new oil to add to my oil diffuser, to set the mood and make my bedroom feel more like a spa at night, and to make me feel rejuvenated and a little bit special in the morning while I get ready for work.
Small but meaningful
To find such joy in such a small purchase makes me really question those sparkle boots. I used to get SO excited when I received a package, but since the advent of Amazon Prime and free online shipping everywhere the novelty and excitement of a package has all but disappeared. It’s like Christmas happens a few times a week, and at some point I grew numb. If anything to me online shopping has even come to symbolize guilt and indulgence. But I suppose that’s why I’m doing the second hand shopping challenge, to see if I can find joy in new and different ways beyond buying myself clothes online.
Amazon is so convenient that online shopping for me has become utilitarian, but with small but meaningful purchases that create experiences, I may have finally found a way to make online shopping feel good again.
Are you still excited when a package arrives in the mail? Do you open each one with anticipation? Or do you sometimes not even bother opening them right away, struggling to recall what it is you ordered offhandedly?
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