What your spending says about you

This weekend, I paid RM80 to do something I could do on my own – something I used to make a daily practice, in fact – and spent two hours drawing + doodling with a group of urban sketchers. For me, the value was not in the activity itself, but in the people I met and the inspiration to start drawing again.

Ever since I started work, “I have no time!” has been a constant excuse for not nurturing my creative, expressive, artistic spirit. I knew that by parting with my hard-earned cash I was committing myself to doing what I’ve always been wanting to do: say “heck it”, and just start drawing. I desperately needed fresh inspiration, and if I couldn’t discipline myself to sit down and draw on my own, I would commit my time and money to others to make it happen.

We invest in the things we believe in. How we spend our time and money shows where our priorities lie. If something is important enough to you, you will do whatever it takes to make it work.

Often, we have a list of ‘ideal’ priorities in our head. Exercise, family, spiritual practices, personal growth, and so on. But if those things aren’t what our money and our time are being spent on, then they’re not real priorities.

The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.

Or, the desire / passion to do anything grows with doing it.