Sunday. No Mysore, but a Led Ashtanga Class in my yoga studio on Sundays. But it is Full Moon! So no class today.
I took the day to take it slow. Read a lot, write a little (I am working on a short story for a writing contest. I sometimes do this as I think it is working well for my inspiration and creativity), I cleaned the windows (and got compliments from my neighbor. I think this means she too thought my windows needed cleaning), did some laundry and walked around town as it is a beautiful weather (sunny, 25 degrees Celsius). In the streets, I saw a lot of people living the Sunday life. In this society this means: go out, buy things, drink coffee with family or friends, walk around, eat outside, ride your bike, go to the park.
Lately I've noticed myself having difficulties spending money. I used to splurge it around. On coffee, sandwiches, magazines, going to the movies, expensive wine, too much groceries. I don't do that anymore. I am saving as much money as I can. I like to see my savings account grow. But as I was walking around, I saw other people spending. On sodas, on coffee, on cake, on lunch, on clothes. I decided to treat myself to a (small) chai tea latte. The taste was good and I drank it while walking around the shopping area. I had to tell myself I was doing good in life.
'You are living responsibly, you don't splurge money anymore, you have this savings account.' I continued with: 'Just don't forget to live. You won't die buying a chai tea latte, once in a while. You can have a pizza with a friend. You can go see a movie. It's okay.'
I sat on a bench. Two girls (I think in their late twenties) were next to me. I overheard them talking about the house one of them had bought with her boyfriend. She was talking about their new kitchen. It'd costed 18,000 Euros. They had spend 1,500 Euros on a faucet. She only talked about the numbers, not if she liked this new kitchen. Not if this faucet made her happy. I listened to their conversation and thought: It's okay to live a little. Living large is something else.'