Growing up, we weren’t rolling in money, in fact we didn’t have much at all. But I never felt it.
The physical stuff that mattered to me in the first decade of my life was plentiful – toys, bikes and books.
The toys evolved over the years, but the pattern was the same.
Action Man, Britain’s Tractors, Star Wars, He Man, Transformers, Lego…
With each I enjoyed a growing collection, and as much as I loved what I already had, I would eagerly look forward to the next addition, which opened up new options for play and adventure and escape.
My nan on my dad’s side came every Sunday, inevitably with a new toy from whichever range I was into at the time.
So as well as larger new hauls on birthdays and Christmas, I had a pretty steady incoming supply. Wow I sound spoilt thinking back now.
When I’d grown out of toys, but before I’d embraced music, my biggest source of “new” was computer, and then video games.
Again I didn’t have a massive collection, but remember vividly the thrill of going to the backstreet games shop in the nearest town which had the more obscure releases and Japanese imports for my beloved Super Nintendo console.
Music came along, and for years existed alongside the video games, but overall is a louder, larger, longer standing love.
As we’ve spoken about before, a collection of hundreds of CD albums evolved into tens of gigabytes of mp3s, and then Spotify.
But that hunger for the new remains.
And of course as you may know, from 2012 – 2018 or so, it was fed by photography, with me buying cameras like they were going out of fashion.
Oh no, hang on, all of them already were long out of fashion, sometimes by decades!
Anyway, that cycle remained, of having something new to explore and play with on a regular basis, around a hobby I love.
Lately, the camera buying has slowed to a standstill.
I haven’t bought any cameras at all this year, and the last was the Lumix FZ38, back in September of last year.
Looking at my eBay and Amazon history, the objects I’ve bought most of by far over the last 12 months have been books.
But whilst they have been a steady incoming stream of new material, the slow rate I read means it’s certainly not anything like the purchasing rate of cameras or toys or music in my past.
Nowadays, books, music (I listen to something I’ve never heard before at least every few days on Spotify) and online articles, give me enough “new” to satisfy my curiosity and my hunger for learning and experiencing something different.
Along with reliving large swathes of childhood through our own children as they grow of course!
How about you? Do you like a steady stream of new in your life? What form does this most often take? Cameras? Books? Music? Something else?
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