The first day of No Impact Week (NIW) tackles consumption. Today’s task (and continuing throughout the week) is to not buy anything that isn’t food or isn’t absolutely necessary (like paying rent and such).
After losing my wallet on the bus yesterday, my second thought was, “This no consumption thing is gonna be easy.”
I say second thought because, let’s face it, you don’t want me to repeat my first thought. It was a major freak-out that lasted several hours and culminated in me continuing to freak out.
As much as I’d love to drop the money to replace my ID, public transit pass, and everything else that was in there, my accounts are all currently frozen until further notice from me: until somebody turns in my wallet, or until I give up on that and cancel them all. No credit card, no debit card, no access to my bank account. And I can’t even renew my library books!
At least I can feel successful with not buying anything. It takes my mind off how much it sucks to get my financial identity secured and back in my own hands.
Actually, replacing my ID will likely happen this week, courtesy of Husband’s credit card. And he’s gonna have to buy me a subway pass too. So he’ll fail this challenge at my expense….er, I mean, his expense. Though I’d put this stuff in the “necessary” category, so maybe it doesn’t count. It’s all relative I guess.
So wanna go hardcore non-consumption? (Or really can’t trust yourself for the week?) Freeze all your accounts and see what happens. Good luck to all the NIW participants, but I’m gonna kick your butt on not consuming this week 🙂