I’m writing this as I am watching the Vikings playing the Saints on their quest to win a Super Bowl in their home stadium! So as you read this post and consider my advice, realize that maybe I don’t perfectly practice what I preach. With that in mind, though, I am trying to improve my mindset and that’s what it’s all about!
I’ve realized more and more lately that whenever I am doing something, like watching something or hanging out with my friends, that I am not always fully present in the moment. When I am watching the Minnesota Wild, I find myself looking at my phone to see if there’s any good news (or bad news) stories that are just breaking, or if there are any cool gadgets just being announced. What that tells me is that I am not enjoying the moment that I am in because I am busy hoping the next one will be better. I feel that this is one aspect of my personality and current mentality that leads me to making poor financial decisions.
Take for example my current cell phone. I got that new Google Pixel 2 XL phone on a pre-order because I just had to get back to Android from iOS. Before that phone, I had an iPhone 7(s?). That phone wasn’t even a full year old when I decided it wouldn’t work anymore. Which Is funny, because just before the iPhone I had a Samsung Galaxy S8. And I got rid of that phone, which also wasn’t even a year old, I had a Galaxy Note 4. And before that it went iPhone 6, Note 3, iPhone 4, Note 2, etc. and on and on. I always try to justify me wanting that new new thing because I legitimately love tech. That’s what excites me most about our culture. There’s always something new coming out and I love being involved with it.
But the issue with me always getting the new thing is that I am not taking the time to enjoy what I have now; making the most of what I have now. Each time I switch phones, it’s because I think I need to do something super new and super cool with it. So I end up switching phones before I can even make use of what I have, which is robbing me from being able to really get into how these operating systems work. Aside from robbing myself of real learning experiences, I am also leveraging my future for chasing that new shit. Spending hundreds of dollars each year to have a new phone? That’s what a damn fool does.
It’s not just phones either. Computers, restaurants, certifications (which are legitimately to build my future), board games, shows; you name it and I am chasing that cool new thing. For whatever reason, I just can’t help myself with stuff like this. That’s why, at least with this phone, I am resolving to use it until it is no longer supported for software updates by Google. It’s a personal goal that should be pretty easy to achieve because I literally don’t have to do anything, so long as I don’t drop and break my phone.
Drew Brees Intercepted!
It was at this point that I stopped writing this post and decided that I needed to be able to live in the moment that was the Vikings Saints playoff game. This was a great choice for me too, because while at the time of writing I didn’t realize how the rest of the game would play out, I realize now that being present in the moment was essentially priceless.
Because this happened!
The Minneapolis Miracle!
After three days there is already a full Wikipedia page dedicated to the Minneapolis Miracle! If you’re not a Minnesota sports fan, just understand that the post season has rarely been kind to us. Mostly because we are a small market and the execs within each league do what they can to stop small markets from succeeding in the post season for the sake of ratings, but that’s crack pot stuff so I shouldn’t really say anything more.
Taking My Own Advice
It’s pretty rare that I listen to my own advice on things. I often know what I should do, but end up not doing it anyway because of feelings. But this time I listened to my own words of advice while I was writing the words and it paid off. I got to enjoy the game, had a ton of fun with the people I watched the game with, and made my dog go completely insane when we won. And in case you were wondering, yes I was one of those people who took the dog outside when New Orleans was kicking their field goal with 25 seconds remaining and came back inside to accept the fate of the Vikings.
This is a powerful story for me, personally, not because the Vikings won a playoff game. In all honesty, I am not that invested in football. I try hard not to let football decide my feelings and affect my day to day life. This story is powerful because I stopped dividing my attention, enjoyed the moment that I was in, and it paid off with having a memory that will never go away. I put down the phone and the computer, stopped looking for a new item to spend my money on, and was rewarded for it.