I was kinda annoyed at the comment.
Over the weekend, I brought him a TV to replace the TV in his room. Of course it's a 2nd hand one. It's not a great TV, it's better than his existing one. So I pretty much traded this TV that I brought with his older TV.
Then next he asked if I could get a fan to replace an old fan in the house...
Or my mum who calls me a scavenger... She has a thing for sourdough breads... These are pretty expensive. Usually $4-$6 for a lump of bread. Its' supposedly healthier than the usual sweet breads we typically eat. Singaporeans typically eat sweet breads. Anyway... I supplied her with a big plastic bag full of sourdough breads. And now she requests specifically for bagels...
And when both my parents requested for more stuff, I rolled my eyes at them and took the opportunity to say...
"Great! Call me cheapskate, call me scavenger... but now when I give you stuff you want, suddenly you guys ask me for other stuff..."
And this is the kinda look I typically give them.
This happens to most people. Even in other scenarios...
Have you ever had a situation where you didn't want to try something new?
Maybe some food. You're so used to XYZ brand of bachang, and you don't wanna try any other brand...
Then someone recommends something and you aren't interested, cos you love the bachang you've been eating since young. It's the ultimate best.
Then one day you go to your friend's house and he serves you this bachang, which has more filling and tastes better and you go "OOooo did you make it yourself?"
And the friend goes... "-.- I told you about this other brand that you didn't want to try, this is it."
Don't deny it, everyone has had such experiences.
We always console ourselves by saying we are paying for quality, or we won't like the other item. But truly, we'll never know til we try.
And I see what my parents say as resistance to something new... Resistance to change, fear of the unknown. And that's normal.
BUT it doesn't mean we should accept it. For me, I believe we should adapt. Change. If things are better, learn and incorporate it. If things are not better, try it and understand it. If it doesn't work for you, then forget it. But at least try. Else how would you know?
So many people have said I will fall sick from eating expired food, or other kinds of questionable food.
And yet 8 months into my freegan journey, I haven't had any upset stomach.
I take great care to ensure that my food is safe for consumption. Falling sick isn't worth it.
For most people, they avoid it entirely, so that they don't fall sick.
For me, I prefer to understand what makes me sick, and I make sure that it doesn't happen to me.
The point is to understand the risk.
Many of us invest.
Then there's those other folk who absolutely swear off investments for fear of a market crash...
Why are we comfortable with investments? Why are the other folk afraid?
Cos they heard of people who lost their fortunes with stocks, so they don't want to try it themselves.
Why are we not afraid? Cos we understand the risk, we learn what to do, what not to do, so that a market crash wouldn't put us out of business.
It's the same.
So simply put... don't be too afraid to try new things. Try them. Learn from them and determine for yourself if it's worthy or not.
Don't just IMAGINE that you won't like something and don't even try it. Cos your imagination may not be right.
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