One day at work I was suddenly in the mood to listen to my old time and all time favorite rock band, Led Zeppelin.
When at my desk at work I use my headphones (set over just one ear to maintain some situational awareness in the office), and like any other day I usually search for things I want to listen to on YouTube, where I'm able to find just about any song I have an itch to listen to. I hadn't listened to Zep in a quite some time and so naturally it generate some pleasant nostalgia.
Images of my teenhood experience from the reaches of my memory flashed by. My friends and I driving around northern Virginia all summer in my trusty cherry red Honda Civic. Endless cups of cheap coffee at the landmark vintage diner in the neighborhood where we probably spent more money on the juke box than anything offered on the menu. The antique apartment buildings in downtown Richmond, Virginia where my sister, myself, and my cousin all spent time living while attending art school. Group camping along the Rappahanock River. Partying like hippies in my cousins' backyard.
Then somehow my thoughts manage to turn to those of purchasing and consuming. I started to daydream about the future and being early retired, lounging and decompressing around my early retirement home, waxing nostalgic to those classic rock songs as they 'should' be listened to - from original (or original-style-print) vinyl records on a solid quality sound system. Thoughts of the fancypants turntable seen in the show Suits popped into my head, along the original-style vinyl pressings of Zeppelin albums (among other classics) manufactured in Germany that you can currently buy at Barnes and Noble.
But, then I remembered that those ideas go against what it takes to achieve early retirement. All of that would entail purchasing things I don't really need or even want. Then I pulled myself back to earth and gave myself a mental slap in the face, remembering that I am not one of those discerning music afficionados adept at detecting the differences between CDs and vinyl (and these days I just stick to playing songs streaming through the internet). Buying a fancypants turntable system and building a space-consuming collection of vinyl records would be a lousy use of money for someone like me.
It all still falls under the category of collecting a pile of things I don't need for any reason, really. And in striving for a more frugal mentality, I've learned that one thing I no longer desire in life is to pile up collections of things I don't need.