If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know I debated for a long time over whether to replace my old (1997) little two door hatch.
After lots of thought, I decided to upgrade.
My old car was getting too small for my very tall ten year old to even get into the back seat. The radio didn’t work. The demister took forever to demist the windows in the morning. The heater wasn’t great. I was paying a lot of money every time it went in for a service – just on little, niggling things, but it was a pain. And I couldn’t fit my elderly parents into my car comfortably every time they came to visit.
There were other reasons as well. I felt poor driving it. I’m not a poor person, but I felt that way, running the cheapest car on the street. I know that shouldn’t matter. I told myself that shouldn’t matter.
But it did.
I berated myself for even feeling that way, and began to feel guilty for, well, for wanting something better.
Does everyone who tries to live simply go through this stuff?
Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I upgraded. And I’m thrilled with my new car!
I bought a 2010 Nissan Tiida. The luxury model, with leather trim interiors, and a great stereo and heater. It’s lovely to drive, it’s a four door, so the kids can get in the back without a squeeze. And it’s very economical.
All I can say is, I wish I’d upgraded sooner. I wish I hadn’t waited.
There’s nothing wrong with upgrading our belongings when the time is come. The problem with consumer culture is upgrading when we don’t need to. Or wanting stuff simply because it’s there. Or upgrading because the companies have brought out a new model before the model we have has even lost the new model sheen (I’m looking at you here, Apple!)
I feel good about my decision. It was the right decision for me. The only decision left now is – what name should I give my new car? 🙂