My HP Pavilion laptop broke down over the weekend. It was all of 18 months old, and I guess it just couldn’t take it anymore. I would turn it on, and it would turn itself off. Great feature, if you like knowing you threw a bunch of money down the drain. I ran my laptop to the Geek Squad at Best Buy and they said it was a problem with the motherboard, which apparently is quite expensive. Five-hundred-dollars expensive. I was furious. I spent a lot of money on this laptop when I bought it- it was definitely not some cheap model. Of couse it was out of warranty, and I hadn’t bought any extended plan. So, I paid for the Geek Squad to back up my data from my old laptop and proceeded over to the laptop section of the store to see if they had any deals. In the end, I bought a Sony Vaio, and vowed to never, ever invest in another HP product. (I believe the guy at Geek Squad said I unfortunately must have bought a lemon. Sweet.)
Anyway, as much as I didn’t want to spend the money on a laptop, at least I had the money, and it wasn’t a catastrophe. It got me thinking about how much I do stress about money, and about how everything is relative. So often we are always reaching for the next level. Reaching and worrying about paying the car or mortgage off early, or whatever. I am not saying it isn’t good to have goals, but it can be detrimental if it affects your mood and enjoyment of life. Due to some hard work and some luck, our family has been fortunate. No, we don’t have a summer home, expensive clothes, or fancy cars. But our house is not underwater and we can pay for things if they break down without suffering too much hardship (thus far). Compared to so many others, we flat out have it made.
So, instead of sitting around angry about the extra expense I went through to replace the laptop, I am focusing instead on how lucky we are. Lucky that my husband is gainfully employed, lucky we live in a safe neighborhood, and more. Not to mention, this laptop works a million times better than the laptop that just broke down, and I don’t have to use Vista anymore. It is all good!