I Used To Believe In 'Retail Therapy' But The Lockdown Has Made Me Face A New Reality

Sakshi Srivastav Sakshi Srivastav in Life In The Times Of Corona on 23 May, 2020

This lockdown has been a tough time for many people, and not necessarily in the same ways. Like many people, I also want this to end as easily as possible. But in the meantime, I've learnt something about being a girl that I want to share with you.

Remember FOMO? That feeling you get when you see a picture on Instagram or a video on YouTube? That feeling you get when you see the look on the face on an influencer who's talking about the "in-thing"? The thing that makes you shop online even while telling yourself that you shouldn't? I used to suffer from it too. 

God only knows how many products I order while browsing online. All those good, positive reviews made me believe that they would work for me. I didn't want to miss out on any good product in the market that I could afford. In the end, I don't use these products because they simply don't suit me. I use them once or twice, and then it goes to waste. 

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But during this lockdown, I've felt safe and calm. I didn't have to buy anything. It was so peaceful. I don't know how long it had been since I felt that way. I remember that life used to be this simple back when I was in school. There is so much that we can live without.

Today, I'm astounded by how liberated I am just because I have the gift of life, good health and a roof over my head. I almost can't believe that FOMO made me act like I couldn't live without the stuff that comes in cardboard boxes.

Lockdown is boring but it's also special.

No pressure of dressing up to go outside. No pressure of having to repeat an outfit and justifying why I NEED a new dress. I don't care about much. I just have to play online pictionary with my friends and family.

And can I just tell all the girls out there- you'll see a lot of cool stuff and you'll tell yourself that you "need this", but trust me, you really just need peace of mind. Don't let FOMO push your buttons.