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$20 Hugo Boss shirt | 766

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Diary of an artist, Wednesday, December 5, 2018

# 766 (countdown)

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Copy of Adulthood smooth& tasty.-11

Woke up 3:30 am.

The day before yesterday I bought a used Hugo Boss shirt in perfect condition for $20.

10 years ago, when I was a lawyer, I would go to a shopping mall and find a shirt which initially cost $150 and was on sale for half the price, $75 (for those who don’t know math). I would grab that shirt and go “Wow, that’s a real bargain. Swedish premium quality shirt which will last a long time, 5–6 years at least. Provided that it’s not my only shirt, that is.” I would buy that shirt on the spot (provided I liked it too), and be happy as fuck that made a great deal. “I mean, $75 instead of $150! I can have two shirts for the pice of just one.”

I would never think of buying a used shirt from someone. I could afford a new one. As a matter of fact I could afford to buy this Swedish premium quality shirt (bought quite a lot of them — Stenströms) without waiting for price reductions. What the hell! I earned enough. My career as a lawyer paid for such things.

Compared to my purchases 10 years ago my latest purchase represents almost 1/4 (if we’re to consider the reduced price) and almost 1/8 (if we’re to consider the regular price). 1/4 to 1/8!

What does it mean? It means that if I managed to change my spending habits (the most significant ones — on clothes, cosmetics, food and services) I will do with less money. I don’t need to earn as much as I used to when I was a lawyer. I mean, I could, and why not (if that’s how things are for me?), but if I’m not there yet (and maybe will not be for a long time, maybe never will) changing my spending habits and my whole mindset about needing to buy certain things (which I usually did to impress my peers, or give my family a reason to brag) will allow me to earn less and not feel bad about it.

Of course, clothes, cosmetics, food and services is not an exhaustive list. There are other things and it can happen that I will not be able to cut costs on them. Like for example my son’s soccer club membership and other significant costs which occur in relation to the fact that he is a junior soccer player. Or our phone and Internet bills which at this point cannot be lowered due to the fact that we entered an longterm agreement and we need to stick to it for a while. And several other things.

That’s why I don’t claim that one can suddenly earn (and be fine with) 1/8 or 1/4 of one’s previous pay — before transitioning to something new. But anything between 99% and 40% — I don’t see any problem with that. Totally doable. Depending on how determined and disciplined you are you will be able to do with 99% to 40% of your previous pay. If your closest family has the same approach (and is as determined as you are to reduce the cost of living) all pay checks can go down significantly and there shouldn’t be a problem.

You used to earn $4K (or $10K) and now it’s only $2K ($5K)? You will not see a problem with that if you managed to change your spending habits and your mindset / approach to life. You don’t go out to lunch with colleagues each day and spend $10 — $20 on one meal, you cut your hair every two months for $10 instead of $50 each month, you buy a used shirt in perfect condition, because, I don’t know, the seller doesn’t like it, or his or her physique changed, and you end up spending $20 instead of $75 or $150. And so on and so forth.

Glad I resumed my daily workout routine. I feel better after just a couple of days.

Reading (since my last diary entry):

Screams from the Balcony by Charles Bukowski (340 min, on scribd app).

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell (340 min, on scribd app).

Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz (340 min, on scribd app).

Audiobooks (since my last diary entry):

Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story (240 min, on scribd app).

Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl (60 min, on scribd app).

No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern Israel by Shimon Peres (300 min, on scribd app).

The Mind of a Leader Philip Kotler (on scribd app). Finished it.

YouTube videos and movies (since my last diary entry):

Paterno (on HBO go) Finished it.

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (on HBO go) Finished it.

In Darkness (original title: W ciemności) (on HBO go) Finished it.

Conspiracy (on HBO go) Finished it.

The Limit Of (on HBO go) Finished it.

Mallory (on HBO go) Finished it.

Enemy at the Gates (on HBO go) Finished it.

The Shipping News (on HBO go) Finished it.

The Cider House Rules (on HBO go) Finished it.

The Truth About Killer Robots (on HBO go) Finished it.

Big Little Lies Somebody’s Dead (on HBO go) Finished it.

Big Little Lies Serious Mothering (on HBO go) Finished it.

Big Little Lies Living the Dream (on HBO go) Finished it.

Big Little Lies Push Comes to Shove (on HBO go) Finished it.

Big Little Lies Once Bitten (on HBO go) Finished it.

Big Little Lies Burning Love (on HBO go) Finished it.

Big Little Lies You Get What You Need (on HBO go) Finished it.

The Honourable Woman The Empty Chair (on HBO go) Finished it.

The Honourable Woman The Unfaithful Husband (on HBO go) Finished it.

The Honourable Woman The Killing Call (on HBO go) Finished it.

You are God (original title: Jestes Bogiem) (on HBO go) Finished it.

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Apple Steve Jobs The Crazy Ones — NEVER BEFORE AIRED 1997 — (Original Post)

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Rat Race — A short film story by Steve Cutts

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Music for this writing session: Franz Schubert (on spotify).