Self-Care Challenge (Day 201): Window Shopping

On day 201 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I went window shopping.

Back in my college days, a friend and I used to make trips to Target on a fairly regular basis. Instead of hitting the bar scene to blow off steam, we shopped. On most occasions, we would spend a couple of hours filling our carts with beautiful things as if money were no object. Then, just before we were ready to check out, we’d select just one item and put the rest back.

Money was scarce back then, and what I earned at my part-time job generally went straight to books, food, and gas money. But I did sock a little away for our random shopping excursions. Somehow, we figured out that shopping and purchasing were two separate activities. Our method allowed us to experience the thrill of shopping without breaking the bank (or using a credit card as many others did).

Yesterday, my self-care practice was reminiscent of those days: I went window shopping. Instead of buying anything, I was content to window-shop alongside a friend.

I did see some nice things – I even tried a few things on – but, ultimately, I realized that I didn’t need anything. I already have enough. Even so, the shopping trip was an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon with a friend.

Window shopping didn’t cost a thing (unless you count the gas we used to get there, anyway). And, unlike surfing the web from home, it provided an opportunity to work in some physical activity.

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